A video version of this update is available at: https://youtu.be/W00MCGiTcwg

The City of Ojai thanks the residents for doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, with the recent surge in cases across the state, the State of California announced some additional closures this week:

Statewide restrictions:

Effective July 13, 2020, ALL Counties must close indoor operations of:

  • Dine in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Family Entertainment Centers (Bowling, mini-golf, batting cages, arcades
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals.

Ventura County is one of several counties on the state Monitoring list, and is subject to additional restrictions regarding indoor services of the following:

  • Fitness Centers
  • Worship Services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal Care Services (nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors)
  • Hair Salons and barbershops
  • Malls

With the surge, we wanted to also let residents know about some services and contact information. You can find most of this information on vcemergency.com, or by visiting the City of Ojai page and clicking the red link for the Ojai COVID-19 information page.

The County of Ventura has expanded free COVID-19 testing throughout the county for residents who have the slightest suspicion of having COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with it. You don’t need to have health insurance, but may be asked for it if you do. Below you may find a list of testing locations.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we encourage residents to access services online, by phone, or e-mail, when possible. A drop box has been installed outside of City Hall near the main entrance. This box can be used to drop off any documentation you may need to bring to City Hall.

To make an appointment, residents should call the City department that they wish to visit. A full list of city departments may be found below. An employee from that department will meet you at the door and accompany you to the department that you are scheduled to visit.

  • Ojai Police Station:The Ojai Police Station remains open, please call (805) 646-1414 (Non-Emergency) or 911 for an emergency.
  • Community Development Department (CDD):For planning/building permits or other CDD services, please email Shari Herbruck at herbruck@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 112.
  • Code Compliance:Code Enforcement is onsite and prepared to respond to needs. Residents may mail codecompliance@ojaicity.org or call 646-5581 ext. 117 to report any concerns.
  • Finance Department:For business licenses and other finance services please email Kristy Rivera at rivera@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.
  • Public Meetings: For information about public meetings, please email Gail Davis at gdavis@ojaicity.orgor call (805) 646-5581 ext. 120
  • Public Works and Engineering Permits:To make arrangements for these services please email Andrea Mackey at amackey@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 209.
  • Recreation Department:To make arrangements for these service please email Renee Peace at peace@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 390.
  • All other Inquires: For all other inquiries, please email Luis Gomez at gomez@ojaicity.orgor call (805) 646-5581 ext. 103

Furthermore, the City of Ojai launched a new text messaging system that allows residents to sign up for alerts from the City, or to text issues to the City. Residents can sign up for occasional updates by texting the keyword “OJAICA1” to 91896 from their cell phone. After the initial keyword is sent, residents will be asked to confirm that they are “opting in.” The City has been providing COVID-19 updates via this text system in recent weeks.

Residents can also snap a picture of an issue and text the City to report it. For Code Enforcement concerns, text the word CODE and respond to a few questions to report an issue. The system will then provide that information to the City’s Code Enforcement Officer for follow up. Residents can also report Public Works concerns, such as potholes, by texting the word REPORT and responding to a few questions. 

Because of the hard work of our residents, our City has fared well as we fight this virus. Together we can continue to keep our City safe and reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

Lastly, the City has enacted several executive orders throughout the local emergency that are still in effect. You can find the orders on our COVID-19 information page, including the following:

The City’s residential and commercial eviction moratoriums remain in place through the existence of the coronavirus emergency.

The City’s face covering requirement has been replaced by the State of California’s face covering requirement.

The City’s order to allow restaurants to establish and/or expand outdoor seating areas to promote

social distancing continues. Interested restaurants can contact the City at (805)646-5581 ext. 112 for more information and approval.

The City’s order to allow fitness instructors to reserve park space to allow physical distancing at classes for a reduced fee of $20 per class continues. Fitness instructors can call the Recreation Department at (805)646-5581 ext. 306 for more information and approval.

Thank you for your time, and stay healthy.