This is the City of Ojai’s COVID-19 update for August 12, 2020. For a video version of this update, please visit this page: https://youtu.be/bGTjh4f7to0

Yesterday, the County of Ventura provided an update stating that we have made progress towards correcting some of the issues that landed Ventura County on the State’s COVID-19 monitoring list. These metrics are updated and available for review on vcemergency.com. Out of 6 metrics, the County remains on the watchlist due to only one – case rate. This is important because Counties that are off the watchlist have more flexibility in reopening.

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for wearing face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Ojai has remained an area that has gone above and beyond to reduce the spread, and we appreciate the sacrifices everyone has made. We also wanted to take a moment to provide some updates for residents and businesses.

As you are traveling through town, you may notice some outdoor businesses or fitness classes. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents and businesses that the City has launched several programs that remain in place:

  • Outdoor Dining Space – The City launched a program to allow restaurants to establish or expand outdoor dining space in order to provide enough space to stay open and allow social distancing. The program remains in place, please contact the City at 805-646-5581 ext. 112 for more information.
  • Outdoor Business Space – More recently, the City launched a similar program to allow businesses such as salons and barbershops to obtain a no-cost permit to provide outdoor space to remain open. The program remains in place, please contact the City at 805-646-5581 ext. 112 for more information.
  • Outdoor Fitness Space – The City launched a program that allowed fitness instructors to utilize park space since indoor exercise was limited. The program launched with a reduced $20 per class fee, but the City is announcing that we are reducing that fee to $20 per week.  Any fitness instructors interested in more information can contact the City’s Recreation Department at 805-646-5581 ext. 390.
  • The City enacted a Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium, which remains in place. More information can be found on the City’s COVID-19 update page at Ojaicity.org.

Thank you and stay safe and healthy.