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City of Ojai COVID-19 Update: March 5, 2021- Resources to Help Support Local Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Local businesses are facing severe unforeseen challenges due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The city would like to share the following resources to help during these challenging times.

Please keep checking the City’s website for updates as new resources become available.

CURRENT COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

Loan Opportunities

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. For additional information about this loan, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. For additional information about this program, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/covid-19-economic-injury-disaster-loans
  • California Rebuilding Fund

Loan program to support California’s small businesses (especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state) that are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times. For additional information about this program, please visit https://www.connect2capital.com/p/californiarebuildingfund/

  • SBA Express Bridge Loan

The SBA Express Bridge loan allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly providing vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. For additional information about this program, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans

  • EDC Loan Program

Affordable capital can be accessed through the EDC Loan Program. Each applicant is paired with one of our top tier financial advisors to ensure that you have the best access in reaching the capital you need. With five regional loan funds and low-interest rates, the EDC maintains a commitment to reaching underserved communities. For additional information about this program, please visit https://edcollaborative.com/edc-loan/

 

Grant Opportunities

CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

  • Lendistry with the CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be opening 4 additional rounds of applications.

Round 3: For waitlisted applicants from Round 1 & 2 only. No new applications will be accepted. Selection notifications will start March 5, 2021.

Round 4: Accepting applications for non-profit arts and cultural institutions. Eligible non-profit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2. Application window opens March 16, 2021 and closes March 23, 2021.

Round 5 & 6: Information coming soon.

To learn more about this program, please visit https://careliefgrant.com/

 

  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program

SVOG offers grants for live venue operators, performing arts organizations, motion picture theater operators, cultural institutions and other eligible applicants. Funding can be used for specific expenses, such as payroll, rent, utilities and other costs. To learn more about this program, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant

The SBA is NOT yet accepting SVOG applications. To receive a SVOG or access any federal government grants, your business will need to register for a free System for Award Management (SAM) number. Visit sam.gov to register to do business with the U.S. government or update/renew your entity registration. Do not register for a SAM number on any other website or pay for a SAM number.

 

Tax Credits

  • Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, amended and extended the employee retention credit (and the availability of certain advance payments of the tax credits) under section 2301 of the CARES Act. To learn more about recent changes and how to access ERTC, please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/new-law-extends-covid-tax-credit-for-employers-who-keep-workers-on-payroll

  • Worker Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment, including qualified long-term unemployment recipients. 

DEADLINE: The Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2021 authorized the extension of WOTC until December 31, 2025.

To learn more about this program, please visit https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/work-opportunity-tax-credit

  • Social Security Employee and Employer Portion Deferral

The payroll tax deferral period for social security tax began on March 27, 2020 and ended December 31, 2020.

DEADLINES: The deferred deposits of the employer’s share of Social Security tax must be deposited

On December 31, 2021, 50 percent of the eligible deferred amount; and

On December 31, 2022, the remaining amount.

To learn more about this program, please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/deferral-of-employment-tax-deposits-and-payments-through-december-31-2020

  • Sales and Use Tax Extension to File and Pay

Small businesses are encouraged to use the sale tax they have already collected to float any applicable obligations. To learn more about this program and for a full schedule of program tax due dates, please visit https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/extensions-to-file.htm

 

Unemployment Benefits

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits

Unemployment benefits are available for self-employed individuals and employees. If you have lost hours or wages due to the impact of COVID-19 apply for unemployment with the EDD. To apply for UI, please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/

  • Pandemic Additional Compensation

An additional $300 federal stimulus payment automatically added to each week of benefits received from December 27, 2020, through March 13, 2021 (11 weeks). The EDD will automatically add the federal unemployment compensations to each week of benefits that you are eligible to receive. Pandemic Additional Compensation is also known as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). To learn more about this program, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/coronavirus-2019/cares-act.htm#PAC

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Provides unemployment benefits for people who don’t usually qualify for regular state Unemployment Insurance, including business owners, self-employed workers, independent contractors or those with a limited work history who are out of business or have significantly reduced their services as a direct result of the pandemic. To learn more about this program, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

PEUC is a benefit extension for people who have used all benefits available in their regular Unemployment Insurance claim. To learn more about this program, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/coronavirus-2019/cares-act.htm#PEUC

 

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for Thursday, February 25, 2021: Vaccine and Testing Updates

The County of Ventura has recently announced that registration for vaccinations can now occur for essential workers in Phase 1b tier 1. This group includes essential workers in the following sectors: Food and Agriculture, Education and Childcare, Emergency Services. To learn more about the phases and tiers, please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/.

Those who are eligible to be vaccinated may:

1) Register online https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/portal/.

2) Those with limited computer/internet access may call the phone registration line at 805-477-7161. The phone line is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Reminder, if needed, Help of Ojai offers transportation on a limited basis to the Nordhoff site. For more information about this service please contact Help of Ojai by calling (805) 646-5122.

While you wait of your phase and tier to be announced, it is important to continue to practice safe measures to protect yourself, your loved ones, and to help mitigate the spread of COIVD-19 by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, avoiding gatherings, and washing your hands frequently. 

Additionally, the City of Ojai and County of Ventura have announced additional free COVID-19 testing dates in Ojai through March 31, 2021. Testing is to be held at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Rd. Ojai CA. 93023. Testing dates and times for the month of March are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Testing is available to the public, including to those who have the slightest suspicion of having COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with it. Appointments are not required and you do not need to have health insurance.

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update: February 19, 2021- Information Regarding Variants of the Virus and Ojai Vaccine Clinic

The City of Ojai appreciates our community’s efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new variants of the virus which causes COVID-19. Information about these variants may be found by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html. These variants seem to spread more easily and quickly, which could lead to more COVID-19 cases.

Now more than ever, it’s important for us as a community to continue practicing safe measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding gatherings, washing your hands frequently, getting tested, and getting vaccinated when possible.

As the local vaccine distributor, the County is distributing vaccine supplies, and is scheduled to open a vaccine clinic at Nordhoff High School on Saturday, February 20, 2021 to administer the Moderna vaccine. Appointments are limited because of the limited supply of vaccines. It may still take time to secure an appointment if you are in the current phase.

Community members who are eligible to be vaccinated may:

1) Register online https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/portal/.

2) Those with limited computer/internet access may call the phone registration line at 805-477-7161. The phone line is open Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.

If needed, Help of Ojai offers transportation on a limited basis to the Nordhoff site. For more information about this service please contact Help of Ojai by calling (805) 646-5122.

The County of Ventura offers free COVID-19 testing throughout the County at various testing sites, including some days at Sarzotti Park in Ojai. For more information about these sites, please visit: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/coronavirus-testing/.For a list of testing dates and times in Ojai please visit: https://ojaicity.org/covid-19-information/.

For the most current and relevant information regarding the vaccine, please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/.

City of Ojai: Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update for February 12, 2021

The City of Ojai would like to thank its residents for doing their part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It is important for us, as a community, to continue to practice safe measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The City would like to share the following updates:

County Vaccine Update:

The current distribution phase in Ventura County is Phase 1A: Healthcare workers, long-term care residents and effective February 9, 2021 those 65 and older are in the current vaccine phase.  As the local vaccine distributor, the County is organized and prepared to distribute the vaccine as supplies are received.

Appointments are limited because of the limited supply of vaccines. It may still take time to secure an appointment if you are in the current phase.

Community members who are eligible to be vaccinated may:

1) Register online www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/portal/.

2) Those with limited computer/internet access may call the phone registration line at 805-477-7161. The phone line is open Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00.

For the most current and relevant information regarding vaccine, please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/.

Transportation to Vaccine Appointments for Older Adults:

Additionally, the Area Agency on Aging provides transportation services for older adults that are in need of transportation to a vaccine appointment or for COVID-19 testing. This includes people that need lift assist as well as gurney transportation. The driver will take the individual, wait for them, help them at the site and take them home. To schedule a ride call 805-477-7300. Please note, you must have a vaccine appointment before you schedule a ride to a vaccine site.

Face Coverings Update from CDC Indicates Two Masks Offer More Protection:

Face coverings are one of the most effective tools available to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), data showed that combining a disposable mask with a cloth mask on top, blocked 92.5% of particles expelled from a cough.

Members of the public are encouraged to consider wearing double masks, in addition to getting tested, practicing social distancing, and avoid gathering. Information on how to properly wear, clean, and create face coverings can be found on the CDC’s website by clicking on the following link:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html   

City of Ojai COVID Update for February 3, 2021: Practicing Safe Measures to Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 While Enjoying the Super Bowl   

With Super Bowl LV just around the corner, it is important to remember that gathering with people outside of your immediate household increases the spread of COVID-19. Much of the recent holiday surge in COVID cases is believed to have occurred from private in-home gatherings of several households. The City of Ojai encourages everyone to avoid these gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to follow the guidelines set by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Ventura County Public Health Care Officer, such as social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing frequently.

The safest way to watch the Super Bowl this year, is at home with the people you live with or through a virtual watch party. Travel and gatherings with those who do not live with you, even family and friends, can increase your chances of getting or spreading COVID-19.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has released guidance available by clicking on the following link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/small-gatherings.html

Free COVID-19 Testing in Ojai Extended through February 24, 2021. Testing on Wednesday Added.

The City of Ojai and County of Ventura have announced additional free COVID-19 testing dates in Ojai through February 24, 2021. Testing is to be held at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Rd. Ojai CA. 93023. Testing dates and times for the month of February are as follows:

  • Monday, February 1, 2021- From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021- From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday February 8, 2021- From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021- From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February  15, 2021- From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (Updated 2/12/2021)
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021- From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 22, 2021- From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021- From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Testing is available to the public, including to those who have the slightest suspicion of having COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with it. Appointments are not required and you do not need to have health insurance.

Update from State and County: State Lifts Regional Stay Home Order, Ventura County in Purple Tier

(1/25/2021) The California Department of Public Health has announced that the Regional Stay Home Order has been lifted in Southern California.

This action allows Ventura County to return to the rules and framework for the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.  Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications. Tier updates will be provided weekly on Tuesdays by the California Department of Public Health.

For additional information, please see the press release below.

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for January 20, 2021- Vaccine Information.

The County of Ventura has announced that effective January 19, 2021 those 75 and older in Ventura County can begin to register for vaccines. Ventura County residents or those that work in our County can also register for vaccines if they are in Phase 1a Tier 1, 2, & 3. To register, please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/portal/.  If you are not in the current phase, please do not register. 

When you show up at the vaccine site you will have to show proof that you are in the current phase and that you live or work in Ventura County.

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools available to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. While you wait for your phase and tier to be announced, it is important to continue to take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, avoiding gatherings and washing our hands.

As the local vaccine distributor, the County is organized and prepared to distribute the vaccine as supplies are received. As of January 19, 2021 the County has administered more than 30,741 first doses of vaccines from the 33,025 that have been provided to the County.

Please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/ for the most current and relevant information.

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for January 15, 2021 – Keep Ojai Safe

(1/15/2021) With the recent surge of positive COVID-19 cases in Ventura County, the City of Ojai is urging residents to exercise personal responsibility by following preventive health measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As of this date, Ventura County public health officials report the following:

  • 55,848 total cases
  • 401 deaths
  • 48,577 recovered cases
  • 86 currently in the intensive care unit
  • 6,870 active cases under home quarantine
  • 826,074 tested
  • 659 cases in Ojai

The rapid rise in cases over the last couple of weeks is very concerning. We must continue to protect ourselves by wearing masks, keeping our distance from others, avoiding gatherings, and washing our hands to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For tips on how to protect yourself and others from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Local Vaccine Information:

The County of Ventura has received the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and, following guidance from the CDC, has begun implementing a multi-phase vaccination plan for Ventura County residents. Additional information to follow.

Ventura County Residents or those that work in our County can register for vaccines if they are in Phase 1a Tier 1, 2, 3. If you are not in the current phase, please do not register. When you show up at the vaccine site you will have to show proof that you are in the current phase and that you live or work in our County. 65 and older are not in the current phase.

For questions and concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, the County has set up a vaccine information page, https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/prioritization/, that includes Frequently Asked Questions, the phases and where populations fall within each phase and on the distribution timeline, and a place where residents can register for vaccine updates. 

 

 

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:

10 KEY PROTOCOLS FOR RESTAURANTS

Executive Order No 20-06

Executive Order No 20-05

Information Regarding Banks in the City of Ojai

7/31/2020- The City of Ojai has received several questions about whether the City or County orders require the closure of banks. There is currently no order that closes banks. The City has contacted the banks to encourage them to reopen or offer temporary hours.

The City has contacted several banks and obtained the following information regarding hours and availability (please note, information is subject to change):

  • Bank of America has informed the City that they are reopening their Ojai branch effective Monday, August 3, 2020. Hours may be modified
  • Wells Fargo- Lobby open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
  • Chase Bank Ojai – Lobby open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Bank of Sierra – Drive-through is open Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

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.

Receive City Alerts Via Text!

The City of Ojai is now offering a system for citizens to receive notifications via text message.  Opt-in by texting the keyword OJAICA1 to 91896 from your cell phone.  After the initial keyword is sent, you’ll receive a message asking you to reply YES to verify opt-in.

You are also able to text us at (805) 669-9971 for information and updates.  Texting any of the following words will give you updated information or helpful links:

CORONA: COVID-19 information and updates

City Hall Continues to Provide Online and Telephone Services, Appointments Available with Protective Measures if Needed

The City of Ojai continues to provide online and telephone services. The City encourages residents and businesses to use online and telephone services if possible. Limited appointments will be made if needed, but protective measures will be required. We ask that visitors please adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a face-covering during their visit to City Hall. To accommodate the public, additional protective measures have been taken, such as the installation of plexiglass barriers in frequent visited areas, high touch surface areas will be disinfected periodically, and hand sanitizer will be made available throughout City Hall.

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.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 120
  • Public Works and Engineering Permits: To make arrangements for these services please email Alma Quezada at quezada@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 209.
  • Recreation Department: To make arrangements for these service please email Vicki Hollingsworth at hollingsworth@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 390.
  • All other Inquires: For all other inquiries, please email Luis Gomez at gomez@ojaicity.org or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 103

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