As we head into the holiday weekend, the City of Ojai would like to remind residents to stay safe and take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding large gatherings, and staying at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible. The safest way to celebrate the new year is to celebrate at home with people who live with you or virtually with friends and family. Below are some ideas for how to celebrate virtually while sheltering in place.

• Organize a family video chat
• Get dressed up and take family photos
• Prepare a special meal or order takeout/delivery from your favorite local restaurant
• Create new family traditions

Your efforts to stay safe this year will help make it a happy new year. Below are some helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wear a mask

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and yourself.
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors when around others.
  • In cold weather, wear your mask under your scarf, ski mask, or balaclava.

Stay at least 6 feet apart

  • Stay 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • Indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • It is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick to stay 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.

Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces

  • The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
  • Avoid gatherings and celebrations with a lot of people that make staying 6 feet apart from those who don’t live with you difficult.
  • Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, especially ones that aren’t well ventilated.
  • If indoors, open windows and doors. Use a window fan to blow air out, which will pull fresh air in through the open windows.

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.