IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR REOPENING BUSINESSES
As businesses begin to reopen in coming days, the City of Ojai would like to provide the following information to ensure appropriate health and safety measures are being considered:
1) The City of Ojai has issued Executive Order 20-05, which allows restaurants to expand their outdoor seating to promote social distancing. If you are a business and are interested in expanding your outdoor seating, please contact the City’s Community Development Department, at 805-646-5581, extension 112.
2) The City of Ojai has issued Executive Order 20-06, which clarifies the City’s face covering requirements. The order requires employees and customers at any business or facility with interactions between employees and customers within the City of Ojai to wear a face covering, to protect employees, customers, and residents. The order notes that employees who are alone in a room may remove the face covering, and that customers at restaurants may remove face coverings while eating.
3) The City, working with the Chamber of Commerce, has developed an easy to use checklist for restaurants to ensure they are in compliance with Coronavirus related requirements. The checklist includes the 10 key protocols for restaurants within the City of Ojai, and is included below:
County of Ventura Approved by State for Accelerated Path to Reopening
Ventura, CA – The County of Ventura is the first and largest Southern California County to receive approval from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to move forward on an accelerated Stage 2 path to reopening. With this approval, Ventura County restaurants can now offer dine-in options and all retail businesses with exterior facing entrances are permitted to have customers inside of their stores.
“So happy for our County, businesses and employees. A long way to go, but this is a major milestone. The attestation reflects a validation of our collective community and County efforts to protect our community’s health and to support our local businesses,” said Mike Powers, County CEO. “COVID-19 has had devasting impacts on both community health and our economy. We want businesses to be able to reopen and we believe they can and will do so safely.”
Given increased statewide and local capacity to respond to COVID-19, including stronger preparedness, continued stability in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, as well as increased ability to provide personal protective equipment to workers in essential sectors, the State announced the new attestation opportunity for counties to move through Stage 2, opening additional sectors of their economy at their own pace. The modified State guidance was issued by the Governor on Monday, May 18.
Regular Stage 2 has included curbside retail, manufacturing and supply chain businesses. The Governor has allowed counties that apply and qualify for a variance to move further along into Stage 2 with seated dining. The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ratify the attestation on Tuesday, May 19 at the regularly scheduled Board meeting. It was submitted to the State on that same day. The State provided approval in less than 24 hours.
“We want our community to reopen safely. Community members and businesses must continue to practice social distancing to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This will help keep our numbers low so we can continue to move forward in reopening businesses throughout our County,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.
To qualify for the variance, counties must attest that hospitalization and test positivity rates are stable or declining; that they have a significant level of preparedness with testing, contact tracing, PPE and hospital surge; and that they have adequate plans related to county-wide containment.
Criteria also includes 1) the rate of positive Covid-19 patients hospitalized cannot be greater than 5% in the last 7 days. The County of Ventura is at -3.4% in the past 7 days. 2) Positive test results for the last 14 days can be no greater than 8% and our local number is 3.5%.
“This is another big step on our path to reopening. We appreciate this opportunity for our local businesses, and we hope that our community members can continue to follow the public health guidance so we can continue to reopen,” said Mike Powers.
The Public Health Officer will modify the Stay Well VC Order this evening. Dine in and in store shopping will be permitted effective Thursday, May 21, 2020.
COVID-19 Industry Guidance:
Shopping Malls, Destination Shopping Centers, Strip and Outlet Malls all with exterior facing entrances are permitted to open. https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-shopping-centers.pdf
Dine-In Restaurants: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-dine-in-restaurants.pdf
New guidance for restaurants issued
All restaurants in the County of Ventura can now register at www.vcreopens.com.
The website has been updated to provide new guidance documents, checklist, and Prevention Plan template for both takeout/delivery and future dine-in service. We are encouraging all restaurants to register now and to make their preparations for dine-in service, so they are ready when it becomes available. Whether restaurants are already open for takeout or waiting to open when dine-in becomes available, they can register now. Upon selecting the “Restaurants” workspace type, businesses will see the following information and links to the reference documents.
Dine in Restaurants have been identified by the state as one of the next workplace types that will be allowed to open in later Stage 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening. The County of Ventura is working to obtain accelerated approval from the State of California to move forward with dine in options. We hope to have more information soon. Restaurants are encouraged to begin to prepare for this next stage now.
The County of Ventura Environmental Health Department will also be emailing this information to all licensed food facilities in the County.
City of Ojai Preparing for Implementation of Ventura County’s Stay Well Order
The County Public Health Officer announced that on May 8, 2020, the County will move forward with Stage 2 of the framework for reopening: Reopening Lower-Risk Businesses. This will allow retail businesses, such as clothing stores, bookstores, sporting goods stores and florists, for example, to reopen with curb side delivery, as well as the related manufacturing and supply chain businesses.
Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said in a press release, “Our community members have answered the call to stay well at home and thanks to them, we are in a position to move forward. These actions have saved lives. It is critical that our community continues to use caution. The virus is not gone. It is dangerous and poses a significant health risk. As we move into the next stage, we must do so with great care. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure.”
The County’s order requires businesses to perform a detailed risk assessment and self-certification before reopening, via the County’s website www.vcreopen.com.
The City of Ojai has enacted Executive Order No. 3, which requires that businesses in Ojai also complete and make available upon request by City of Ojai staff the City’s “Protocols for Retail Businesses in Ojai.” The form requires businesses to certify that they will take appropriate measures to sanitize and ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers. The form also informs business owners that the City’s face covering at essential businesses requirement remains in place.
Additionally, beginning today, the City of Ojai will make available signage for businesses informing visitors that face coverings are required at these businesses. The City of Ojai is also offering to work with businesses to develop “Pick Up Zone Only” parking, to assist in allowing easy pick up by customers. Businesses interested in either of these can contact the City at (805)646-5581 ext. 209 or ext. 100.
Frequently Asked Question: What types of businesses can now reopen in Stage 2?
Lower-risk workplaces. View the roadmap at: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.
Here are some examples of businesses that are able to reopen in addition to the businesses that were already open in Stage 1:
- Dentistry for preventative care. Read the dental guidance issued today at: https://vcportal.ventura.org/covid19/docs/2020-05-14_VCE_PHDentalGuidance_v02.pdf.
- Retail for curbside delivery
- Office based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
- Equestrian Centers/Horseback Riding
- Jet Ski/Boat/Bike Rentals
- Archery/Shooting Ranges
- Remote Control Plane Range
- Outdoor photography
- Pet grooming
- Outdoor museums
Learn more and register your business today at www.vcreopens.com.
Business Response Guide
The Economic Development Collaborative provides a response guide for business, self-employed, employees and nonprofits at https://edcollaborative.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EDC-COVID19-BUSINESS-RESOURCE-GUIDE.pdf
More resource information at https://edcollaborative.com/covid19/
Ojai Business Status Survey
The Ojai Valley News, Ojai Chamber and City of Ojai have partnered on the Ojai Business Status Survey. If you are a Ojai business owner, please visit this link to take the survey.
If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, CA will begin accepting applications on April 28 for the expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) to individuals not eligible for regular UI but eligible for the CARES Act UI expansion
The Economic Development Collaborative Business Resource Guide is updated daily in English and Spanish at https://edcollaborative.com/covid19/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Teleconference Town Hall: Small Business Resources-Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Call: Toll free 877-226-8216
- Access code: 36403080
The Economic Development Collaborative Shared Information for Businesses Effected by COVID-19- New Resources, SBA Loan Payment and Tax Deadline Extensions.
The Economic Development Collaborative has shared the following useful information for businesses effected by COVID-19. For additional information about EDC, please visit https://edcollaborative.com/
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Click here to view the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development list
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. Click here for more information.
SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of Payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Click here for more information
SUSTAINING PARTNER ARC SERVICES AVAILABLE
Any Businesses looking for support services as they navigate a changing workflow (scanning services, construction prints, Health Wellness Posters, CDC Safety Signage, Working from Home Pop Banners, CAD conversion, any document related needs). Please note that ARC is running a small production crew following CDC Guidelines and remains available to safely assist. We can pick-up and deliver to homes or offices to keep your critical projects moving. Here are some business sectors that are reaching out to us for assistance:
All Construction, Healthcare, Municipalities, Agriculture, Supermarkets, Restaurants, Manufacturing, Facility Professionals, Gov Agencies.
For emailing orders with links: email@example.com
ARC’s land line is 805-658-0156.
5917 Olivas Park Drive #C
Ventura Ca, 93003
Manager: Layla Sisney
They can pick up and deliver to anyone working from home or office.
Document Solutions Consultant: Bobby Rush 818-257-1804 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clider Martinez / General Manager – ARC Southern California ARC: M (213) 321-1991 email@example.com
Orders can also be placed through our website: https://www.ishipdocs.com/FileTransfer/PrintFiles.aspx