City of Ojai COVID-19 Orders
County of Ventura COVID-19 Orders
May 29, 2020 Ventura County Modification to the Stay Well VC Order
May 20, 2020 County of Ventura Approved by State for Accelerated Reopening
May 12, 2020 – More Business Permitted to Reopen in County of Ventura
May 7 Stay Well at Home Order Update
April 20 Stay Well at Home Order Update Essential Business List
April 18 Stay Well at Home Order Update
Ventura County April 9 stay at home order update
Social Distancing Protocol Form
Ventura County March 31 stay at home order update
Ventura County March 17 stay at home order
State Issues Guidance on Closure of Sectors in Response to COVID-19
(07/01/20) Ventura, CA – As COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise, Governor Newsom issued guidance today that instructs counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult. Within those sectors, those that are not able to continue their business through outdoor operations must close that portion of their business effective immediately for at least three weeks, in order to further mitigate the spread of the virus.
In Ventura County, the following sectors may only operate outdoor operations with appropriate modifications, including physical distancing and face coverings: Dine-in Restaurants, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos and Museums. In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor and outdoor operations. Movie theaters and cardrooms are not allowed to operate at this time.
All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings, and must be adhered to.
Bars Must Close. All Bars shall be closed to the public until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission. A bar is considered any business that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises, including but not limited to bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, if the business is not a permitted restaurant by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division.
Restaurants May Allow Outdoor Dining Only. Dine-in “Restaurants” shall not allow indoor dining service until those establishments are allowed to resume indoor dining operations per state guidance and local permission. For purposed of this Order, “Restaurant” means any business that is permitted as a restaurant by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division, even if it also possesses a license to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible, however, outdoor dining is still permitted following the state guidance:https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-restaurants-bars.pdf. Restaurants that cannot accommodate outdoor dining can continue to provide takeout and delivery services.
Indoor Zoos and Museums Must Close. All indoor facilities operated by zoos and museums must be closed to the public until allowed to resume per state guidance and local permission. Outdoor facilities for zoos and museums may remain open following the state guidance:https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-zoos-museums.pdf.
Businesses that are not in compliance are subject to closure. The State, County and Cities have coordinated enforcement efforts in place and will involve such agencies as State Alcoholic and Beverage Control, County Environmental Health, County Sheriff’s Office and local City partners.
Ventura County Beaches closed 4th of July weekend Gatherings prohibited to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Ventura, CA – Ventura County beaches will be closed this holiday weekend from 5:00 a.m. on July 3 through July 6 at 5 a.m. to prevent crowding that results in the spread of COVID-19. To support this effort parking lots and restrooms will also be closed.
“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase in Ventura County and throughout the State. It’s important that people do not gather to prevent further spread,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.
The Fourth of July weekend is often a time of gathering. Usually, community members enjoy the summer holiday with backyard barbecues, fireworks and water activities. But this year, celebrating the holiday will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings are prohibited in the State. Fireworks shows have been canceled throughout Ventura County to prevent gatherings.
“Visiting family and friends still presents a risk of spreading COVID-19. We know people are eager to go out, but we need to remind you on the importance of being safe and protecting yourself and others. Please only gather with the people that you live with. Your actions can help save lives,” said Public Health Director Rigo Vargas.
Please take the following precautions:
• Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, especially if you are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (over age 65 or any age with underlying medical conditions).
• Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
• Stay home if you are sick.
Stay informed at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.
Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing Will be Available In The Ojai Valley on Thursday July 2
The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to the public. The test is a blood test.
The Antibody test tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. No appointment is necessary.
Time is 10 am to 6 pm at Thu, July 2 at Ojai (Meiner’s Oaks) Redemption Church 190 E. El Roblar Dr.
Learn more at: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/antibody/
The County of Ventura Launches Rental and Business Assistance Programs Aimed at Providing Relief from the Impacts of COVID-19
The County of Ventura launches Rental and Business Assistance Programs aimed at providing relief from the impacts of COVID-19. Residents can apply for rental assistance from June 17 to July 1, 2020 at www.ventura.org/rent and business owners can apply at www.vcreopens.com from June 24 to July 8, 2020. For additional information, please see the flyers below.
El Condado de Ventura Aprobaron el Plan Final de Distribuir $20.1 Millones en Asistencia Financiera para Empresas e Inquilinos.
Ventura, CA – Hoy la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Ventura aprobaron el plan final de distribuir $20.1 millones en asistencia financiera para empresas e inquilinos. Los Programas de Subsidios de Alquiler y Asistencia Empresarial tienen como fin aliviar los impactos del COVID-19. Los residentes y dueños de negocios ahora pueden revisar los criterios y preparar la solicitud que tiene el 17 de junio de 2020 como fecha de entrega.Para obtener más información, consulte la información a continuación.
City of Ojai Launches Program to Allow Low-Cost Park Rental for Outdoor Fitness Classes During Pandemic
On June 16, 2020, the City of Ojai announced the launch of a program that will allow fitness instructors to utilize areas of City parks for safe, physically distanced fitness classes. The State and County’s guidelines limit indoor fitness classes due to potential spread of the virus. Outdoor programs are allowed as long as a 6 foot distance is maintained by participants.
To help encourage responsible exercise, the City of Ojai has created a low-fee process that will allow instructors to reserve portions of the park for their classes for $20 per class. The cost will cover staff time associated with scheduling and coordinating. Instructors must follow Ventura County Social Distancing Protocols. No contact sports are allowed at this time under State and County guidelines. Non-contact classes may be held including yoga, tai chi, Zumba, and many others. Instructors will be required to have (or obtain) insurance.
Instructors interested in reserving space for a class can contact the City’s Recreation Department, at (805) 646-5581, ext. 390 for more information.
City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for June 12, 2020
A video version of this update is available at https://youtu.be/22mMB76YqJM
This is the City’s COVID-19 update for June 12, 2020.
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the Ventura County Public Health Department issued a modified health order permitting the reopening of additional businesses that were previously closed. This Order will be effective June 11, 2020 11:59 pm and will continue to be in effect until extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the Public Health Officer.
Sectors that may reopen on Friday, June 12 with modifications, social distancing protocols, and completion of the attestation process include, but are not limited to:
- Gyms and Fitness Facilities
- Day Camps
- Family Entertainment Centers
- Hotels and Lodging for tourism or Individual Travel
- Campgrounds, RV Parks and Outdoor Recreation
- Restaurants, Wineries, and Bars
- Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums
- Public Pools
- Skate Parks
Modifications required in addition to those found in the state guidance are as follows:
Gyms and Fitness Facilities
- Outdoor activities can follow the guidance as written
- Indoor activities must keep a 12-foot distancing requirement
- Groups sizes are limited to a 10-1 or 10-2 ratio for each group (10 campers with one or two instructors).
- Each group must be stable. The same campers and instructor stay together and do not mix with other groups.
- Any camp activity must maintain 6-foot social distancing. Individual skills and drills can be done, but no group or contact sports such as a football or basketball games may be played
Family Entertainment Centers
- Examples that may be opened include bowling, miniature golf, batting cages, and private skate parks
- Movie theaters, arcades, playgrounds, rock climbing walls, and trampoline venues are not allowed to open at this time
Hotels and Lodging for Tourism or Individual Travel
- Hotel rooms must be left vacant for 24 hours after a guest has departed
Campgrounds, RV Parks and Outdoor Recreation
- RV parks and campgrounds at the beach are allowed 2/3 capacity
- RV parks and campgrounds not at the beach are allowed 50% capacity
Restaurants, Wineries, and Bars
- Bars and wineries that serve food can be open with the existing requirement that alcohol must be sold on the same ticket as a meal
- Restaurants should continue to follow the previous guidance
Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums
- Follow state guidance
Public and HOA Pools
- 50% capacity
- Use a reservation system
- Follow County of Ventura Environmental Health guidance for pools
Music, Film, and TV Production
- No live audiences
- *Do not register at VCReopens.com. Attestation is included through permit issuance
- Must have a COVID-19 Compliance Officer on site
- Follow industry guidance
These sectors may be open only while adhering to social distancing protocols provided by the Governor and the Ventura County Health Officer and after completing the County’s attestation process (*except for those noted). Businesses must also follow the guidelines on the Frequently Asked Questions document at: Business owners can find resources, information, and the process to complete the attestation at www.vcreopens.com.
Although businesses are beginning to reopen, please remember to practice good hygiene and distancing to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. To help with this, the City of Ojai’s face covering requirement, which requires face covers at businesses with customer interaction, remains in effect. The City has also continued to place hand sanitizer and hand wash stations throughout the City, and the modifications to trail access and the Farmer’s Market continue. Under this new order, the City will also be reopening the skate park, and preparing some summer Recreation programs that will allow for social distancing. The City has now issued 9 permits for expanded outdoor dining space to help local restaurants ensure adequate physical distancing. If you are a business owner and would like more information, please contact the City at (805) 646-5581, ext. 1
Expanded Covid-19 Testing Now Available.
6/10/2020 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. Residents don’t need to have health insurance, but may be asked for it if you do. For additional information, please see the flyer below.
El Condado de Ventura ha aumentado las pruebas en todo el condado para los residentes que tienen la menor sospecha de que tengan sintomas del COVID-19 o que hayan sido expuestos a alguien que lo tenga. No se les cobrará por la prueba y no necesita tener seguro médico. Si tiene seguro médico, es posible que se le pedirá la información. Para obtener información adicional, consulte el volante a continuación.
Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) Program Now Available
The Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents with low incomes who owe past-due rent because of a hardship due to COVID-19. Online applications will be accepted June 17 – July 1, 2020. Learn more at ventura.org/rent.
El Programa de Ayuda por la Pandemia para Inquilinos del Condado de Ventura (VCPRA) puede proporcionar ayuda temporal para inquilinos residentes del Condado de Ventura con ingresos muy bajos quienes deben renta atrasada por dificultades debido al COVID-19. Se aceptarán solicitudes en línea del 17 de junio al 1 de julio, 2020. Más Información en ventura.org/renta.
City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for June 2, 2020
The State of California has developed a 4 stage resilience roadmap (https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/ ), with the ultimate goal of gradually ending the stay at home order. We are now in Stage 2 where retail, related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. Ventura County has received approval from the State to move forward on an accelerated Stage 2 path to reopening, which includes places of worship, barbershops and hair salons (but not nail salons), with certain restrictions. The Governor has indicated Stage 3 may begin soon. 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 (https://vcportal.ventura.org/CEO/VCNC/2020-05-20_VCNC_CountyAcceleratedReopening.pdf ). Before reopening, restaurants and retail stores must register at www.vcreopens.com and follow the guidance. HOA and apartment pools may now open also.
Still not permitted to open by State and/or County orders are theaters, indoor museums, gallery spaces, community centers, public pools, playgrounds, picnic areas, cultural ceremonies, bars, nightclubs, concert venues, live audience sports, festivals, hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism, nonessential travel and higher education.
The City, working with the Chamber of Commerce, has developed an easy to use checklist for restaurants to ensure they are in compliance with social distancing requirements. This checklist can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tUHPD46EleUkJ7b-1KxK4-IoM6nMgVYv/view . Restaurants can provide additional outdoor seating after submitting a site and seating plan, along with a no-fee zoning clearance. This form can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1a5x8aerswzc_pzls8_WkxOJEF4_82U56/view .
Employees and customers at any business or facility with interactions between employees and customers within the City of Ojai must wear a face covering to protect employees, customers, and residents. Employees who are alone in a room may remove the face covering, and customers at restaurants may remove face coverings while eating.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
The Stay Well VC Health Order has been modified
This new order went in to effect at midnight May 29 and is set to expire on June 14. This new order can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oL0lh83rct5qRE9cj0cddHeX7U6hjH7y/view?usp=sharing
- This order includes the reopening of placed of worship following the state guidance.
- This order does not open up other whole industry sectors at this time. However, it allows us to stay in alignment with the state unless our local Public Health Officer chooses to be more restrictive for certain things.
- This order does remove several restrictions to allowed activities.
- Golf carts are allowed (limit 1 person per cart), putting greens and flag pins are also allowed (with protocols).
- Sportfishing is allowed with the guidance approved by Dr. Levin.
County of Ventura Board of Supervisors Approves $20 Million Economic Stabilization and Recovery Programs
Programs Aim to Provide Relief to Ventura County Businesses and Families
The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously for County staff to finalize a $20 million Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program aimed at providing relief to Ventura County businesses and families by utilizing funding from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. The programs aim to provide funding to those struggling from the impacts of COVID-19.
“The pandemic has created both a health and economic crisis. These proposed programs will help mitigate these devastating impacts to our local businesses and residents,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “We know that this is not enough to meet all the needs but it is our hope that these funds will help with recovery so that our businesses can survive, and families can stay in their homes.”
The County’s unemployment rate jumped from 4.6% in March to 14% in April due to the coronavirus-related job losses based on the unemployment data from the state Employment Development Department. Historically, the unemployment rate for the County has remained below 4.5% for the past two years. With businesses impacted during the public health emergency, over 80,000 Ventura County residents filed for unemployment since March.
The County Executive Office proposed the two programs, at a special Board of Supervisors meeting on May 28, for relief to Ventura County business and families in the amount of $10 million to each program in two phases.
The first program is an Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program for businesses. The program was developed in consultation with the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures and the Ventura County Community Foundation. The program will provide business assistance grants to local businesses.
As the private sector makes the necessary changes to its businesses to adhere to accelerated Stage 2 and Stage 3 of California’s Roadmap to Reopening, expedited funding through the business assistance grant program will be well-timed for the business community.
The main features of the proposed program are to include grants of $5,000 each for small businesses to alleviate impacts from COVID-19 for allowed uses such as payroll support, rent and lease payments, costs for personal protective equipment, purchases related to the operation of their businesses, and extraordinary business expenses for adhering to compliance protocols for reopening (e.g., cleaning services, signage, customer interface capabilities, additional security, etc.). Eligibility is limited to businesses with no more than $2 million in annual revenue in either of the two prior years.
The second program is a Housing Assistance Program for residents for families or individuals with past-due rent in order to avoid eviction. Data received from the Economic Development Collaborative and the Workforce Development Board identify those industry sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic. Those industries include retail, food preparation and service, hospitality, personal care aides and amusement and recreation attendants. These industries pay the lowest wages in Ventura County and across the country, and their workforce typically includes a large portion of individuals and families at or below the federal poverty level, those most likely to need rental assistance to remain stable housed despite receiving unemployment or stimulus assistance. This workforce represents approximately 95, 253 impacted jobs, accounting for 26.2% of all county jobs.
The proposed rental assistance program is intended to serve as bridge funding for residential rent while other funding opportunities are being considered at the state and federal level. The program will help to stabilize housing for the lowest-income residents and those at greatest risk due to loss of employment, loss of work hours or the inability to work due to child care needs, family/elder care needs, or substantial medical costs due to COVID-19. While the funding may not fully cover monthly rent, it will assist in reducing amounts owed. The program will provide micro-grants to low-income individuals and families. The grant amount will be based on rental unit size, $1,500 for a studio/1 bedroom and $2,500 for a 2 bedroom or larger, with a maximum of two months of rent owed.
“Our goal is to get the programs up and running as soon as possible to help provide financial assistance to businesses and residents. We want to do whatever we can to support those who are struggling during this time. These programs will provide much needed relief where it is needed most,” said Powers.
The County of Ventura has received $147 million from the Treasury Department in Coronavirus Relief funding. These funds will be utilized to address numerous challenges the County is facing during this pandemic. They include increased costs related to testing, feeding seniors, housing the homeless, meeting the demand for additional public health and hospital staffing, establishing temporary facilities, personal protective equipment, developing surge capacity and possible revenue loss coverage, if allowed, in order to maintain the administrative capacity to implement critical programs such as CalFresh, CalWorks and Medi-Cal, especially during a time when our community is in great need.
County staff will develop a funding distribution plan and enter into agreements with community organizations to facilitate the distribution of funds. A strategic multi-language outreach plan will be implemented to target those most in need of assistance once the program goes live.
City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for May 21, 2020
Last night, the County of Ventura received approval from the California Department of Public Health to move forward on an accelerated Stage 2 path to reopening. Ventura County is the first County in Southern California to receive this approval, and is also the largest County to receive approval. This means that dine-in restaurants and in-store retail can open as soon as they register at vcreopens.com. Guidance, checklists, and prevention plans are available at vcreopens.com as well. The County has announced that they will be releasing an updated Stay Well VC Public Health Order today, but dine-in and in-store shopping will be permitted beginning today, May 21.
In Ojai, the City’s economic recovery task force, working with the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce, has developed a simplified checklist of requirements to ensure these businesses are sanitizing appropriately, requiring face coverings, and taking other necessary measures. The City’s task force is investigating additional measures to help restaurants and businesses promote social distancing and allow residents to support businesses safely. For example, today the City enacted an executive order 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.
Although these are positive steps, please remember to continue to exercise caution. Although we have flattened the curve, coronavirus has not gone away. There were 21 new cases reported yesterday, bringing the total up to 858 total cases in Ventura County. 28 people are currently hospitalized, with 13 currently in the ICU. There has sadly been 29 deaths. The County has announced expanded testing, which will allow you to be tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or close contact with a person diagnosed. Drive through testing centers are now available at Ventura College, Moorpark College and in Santa Paula. For more information, please visit the Ventura County Health Care Agency website, at vchca.org.
The Public Health Order allows tennis courts, pickleball courts, and parks to be open, with social distancing protocols in place. Here in Ojai, we have opened these facilities with these protocols in place. However, shared amenities, such as playgrounds and the skate park are still closed under the order to prevent the spread of disease. Restrooms at parks remain open. The City has increased the level of sanitization and trash pick up to help prevent the spread of disease. If you are visiting a park, consider bringing your own water and hand sanitizer if possible. The City will continue to limit traffic on North Signal Street to reduce crowding on Shelf Trail, and some additional procedures remain in place at the Farmer’s Market.
Last, please remember that here in Ojai, we are still requiring face coverings at essential businesses. If you are going shopping, please remember to wear a face covering. We appreciate your help!
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
Give your input: California Recovery Roadmap Survey
California is building a roadmap for modifying the statewide stay home order while maintaining community health and resiliency. We need Californians to give input on the best way to reopen different sectors of our economy.
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Now we’d like to hear from you– business owners, workers, customers – to get your feedback on physical and environmental adaptations that can make workplaces safer and protect our communities.
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A new drive through testing site will be opening on Saturday, June 6 at Oxnard College. The hours of operation will be Friday through Tuesday 10 am to 7 pm. Oxnard College is located at 4000 S. Rose Ave in Oxnard.
Drive through testing is currently offered at three sites. No appointment or insurance required. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. Please view the attached flyer for information about all testing sites.
The locations include:
- Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road in Ventura
- Moorpark College at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark
- 128 S. Hallock Drive in Santa Paula
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.
April 17 City of Ojai Coronavirus Update from Mayor John F. Johnston
The City of Ojai’s City Council and Staff continue to focus on the Coronavirus response, and continue to coordinate with other key agencies, including the County of Ventura. As of April 17, 2020, the County reports that there are 396 total cases in the County (12 new), that 198 are recovered cases, that 21 are currently hospitalized with 8 currently in the Intensive Care Unit. The County also reports 13 deaths. More information is available at VCemergency.com.
The County Public Health Officer announced that is preparing an updated Stay Well at Home order that will be released shortly. The order is expected to extend the time period to May 15 but has not yet been released. Updated information will be available on VCemergency.com and Ojaicity.org.
There have now been 5 cases in Ojai. We must continue the good fight, and not get complacent. I appreciate all of the sacrifices that you all have made in an effort to “flatten the curve” and prevent the spread of Coronavirus but there is still work to do.
To that end, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on recent actions by the City. The City’s order to wear face coverings at all essential businesses remains in place. We believe that this is a critical tool to help keep each other safe. Please do not use medical masks, medical personnel need them. I have seen many people wearing face coverings around town. To those people, I want to say thank you for doing your part! If you have not been wearing a face covering, please begin doing so now.
This weekend, the Farmer’s Market will reopen, with additional safety measures, such as limited capacity, fewer booths, and required face coverings for farmers and customers. The City will also close North Signal Street again this weekend, to prevent large groups of visitors from using the trails. If you are planning to attend either this weekend, please follow physical distancing protocols, and remember to wash your hands!
The Ojai Library, and all of the Ventura County libraries, are currently closed. However, they have announced a new “digital” library branch at vencolibrary.org, with materials available for checkout. The City is closing the picnic shelters and barbecue areas at Sarzotti Park to avoid large gatherings.
While you are staying safe at home, please take a moment to respond to the census at 2020census.gov. Your response to the census matters, as census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities each year.
Additionally, the City remains in contact with the County regarding other critical needs and services. The County continues to roll out their program that will house at-risk homeless individuals across the County. The Ventura County Continuum of Care has more information on these and other services at:
Attached to this update is a Resource List, with program information for Mental Health Wellness, Health Care, Housing, Food, Business, Unemployment, and Transportation resources. You can also call 2-1-1 and speak with an operator for more information.
Thank you again for taking the Stay Well at Home Order seriously and helping to flatten the curve. Your actions are saving lives. Stay healthy everyone!
Mayor John F. Johnston
City of Ojai Announces Requirement for Face Coverings While Conducting Essential Business
On April 8, 2020, the City of Ojai announced the implementation of executive order 20-02, requiring that, effective April 10, 2020, employees and customers at an essential business wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Face coverings are not required when driving or when you are outside in a location where you are unlikely to encounter others in close proximity, but we remind all residents to practice good social distancing at all times.
The notice requests that residents not purchase N95 or surgical masks needed by medical professionals, but instead requires face coverings from bandanas, scarves, or cloth masks. The City will provide signage to essential businesses advising customers of the requirement.
This order is intended to protect both residents and employees who are performing essential services.
The executive order also extends building permits, planning entitlements and tract maps an additional 180 days. A copy of the order is available below.
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Trolley Service – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparedness and Schedule Change
Beginning Wednesday, March 25: On weekdays, only Route A with extended service to 7:30pm will continue. Route B is temporarily discontinued. Weekend service will not change.
This provides 1-hour frequency trolleys instead of the normal ½ hour trolley frefrequency. This change is posted at trolley stops and within trolleys.
We are following the recommendations of health expert organizations, including the Ventura County Public Health Department and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are continuing to monitor the issue very closely. We have taken the following actions on the trolleys:
· Additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as grab bars, farebox, and bus operator compartment with disinfectant throughout the day.
· Reducing and spacing available seats to provide social distancing.
· Placed visual alerts on trolleys to help trolley riders and drivers reduce the risk of transmission in accordance with CDC recommendations.
Effective March 18, 2020, City services will be exclusively available via email and phone communications. Social distancing will be practiced, meaning in-person service is suspended.
Staff will be onsite and ready to help. Please call or email to speak to the appropriate person:
Ojai Police Station: The Ojai Police Station remains open, please call (805) 646-1414 (Non-Emergency) or 911 for an emergency.
Public Meetings: Non-essential public meetings have been postponed or cancelled to prevent gatherings.
Planning Permits, Building Permits, and Business Licenses: To make arrangements for these services, please email Shari Herbruck at email@example.com or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 112. For Business Licenses and Finance Services, please email Kristy Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.
Code Compliance: In-person code enforcement interactions with the public will be limited as much as possible. However, Code Enforcement is onsite and prepared to respond to needs.
Plan Review: Plans currently in for plan review will continue to be processed. A bin for plans has been placed in front of City Hall and will be checked on a regular basis. Staff will notify applicants when plans are ready for pick up. Please make sure to pick up plans promptly to make room for other outgoing plans. Please label your plans clearly with your name, phone number, address, and email address and make sure the bin remains closed. Applications for Planning and Building permits can be found at http://ojaicity.org/document-center/ . Forms should be filled out completely and emailed to email@example.com . As with all new applications, the applicant should contact the Community Development Department for instructions, additional requirements, and fee amounts.
Inspections: All inspection requests will continue to be received either by phone or email. Inspections will be provided, as normal, with the following exceptions: inspections inside occupied residences will be limited to those essential for living and safety. Photos and video messaging may be considered for occupied interior inspections, for rudimentary work, when approved in advance and scheduled with the Building Inspector.
Job Site Considerations: All workers, and any others visiting worksites, need to take all safety precautions with respect to COVID-19. Among other things, the CDC has recommended against large gatherings, and respecting the recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other workers, where possible.
Public Works and Engineering Permits: To make arrangements for these services please email Andrea Mackey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 209.
Park Rentals and Recreation Programs: The recreation center is closed and all programs have been postponed or canceled. For more information, please email Renee Peace at email@example.com or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 390.
Payment of Permit and License Fees: To make arrangements for payments to the City, please contact Kristy Rivera at (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.