City of Ojai COVID-19 Orders
City of Ojai COVID-19 update for November 19, 2020.
A video version of this update is available at: https://youtu.be/1GusBFZZRMA On November 16, the State of California announced that Ventura County was one of 41 counties moved back to the purple (or most restrictive) COVID tier assignment, which means several businesses, including restaurants, must close indoor operations. Today, Gov. Newsom and the Cal Department of Public Health announced a statewide limited curfew for all counties in the purple tier, including Ventura County – starting Saturday, all non-essential businesses and all gatherings are prohibited from 10PM to 5AM, from November 21 through December 21, unless extended.
The order is available here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/limited-stay-at-home-order.aspx The state’s order requires the following: -All non-essential business must close from 10pm to 6AM every day, starting Saturday November 21. -Any gathering of people from more than one household must cease from 10pm to 5AM every day, starting Saturday November 21. The City would like to take this opportunity to remind you to wear a face covering when at businesses or when outdoors if unable to keep 6 feet of distance. To view tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) how to select, wear, and clean your masks please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html. The City will be placing more signage and banners as a reminder, please contact us at (805)646-5581 ext. 103 if you would like signs to post at your place of business.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Ojai Extended through December 28, 2020. The City of Ojai and County of Ventura have announced additional free COVID-19 testing dates in Ojai through December 28, 2020. Testing is to be held at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Rd. Ojai CA. 93023 every Monday beginning November 9, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.
Testing dates: • Monday, November 30, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Monday, December 28, 2020
Outdoor Business Permits If you are a restaurant or business owner, and would like to discuss potential outdoor business permits, please contact the City’s Community Development Department at (805)646-5581 ext. 112. With the recent move to purple tier, the City will be continuing to encourage outdoor business permits so that businesses, customers, and employees, can stay safe while supporting Ojai businesses.
Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing Will be Available In The Ojai Valley on Thursday, November 19, 2020
The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to the public. Testing is to be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Redemption Church 190 E. El Roblar Dr. Ojai CA. 93023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments will not be required.
To help expedite the process, you can pre-register by visiting: https://antibody.oxnardfire.org/register. For additional information, please see the flyer below.
La Agencia Ventura County Health Care Ofrecerá Pruebas Gratuitas de Deteccion de Anticuerpos del COVID-19 COVID-19 el valle de Ojai el Jueves 19 de Noviembre de 2020
La agencia Ventura County Health Care ofrecerá pruebas gratuitas de deteccion de anticuerpos del COVID-19. Las pruebas se llevarán a cabo el jueves 19 de noviembre de 2020 en Redemption Church 190 E. El Roblar Dr. Ojai CA. 93023 de 9:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. No se requerirán citas.
Para agilizar el proceso, puede preinscribirse en linea al visitar: https://antibody.oxnardfire.org/register. Para obtener información adicional, consulte el folleto a continuación.
State Announces Ventura County Among 41 Counties Moved Back to Purple Tier
Today, the State of California announced new COVID-19 Tier assignments for counties. Due to increasing case rates, Ventura County and 40 other counties in the State will move back to the more restrictive Tier 1 Purple. Businesses that are impacted by this are asked to make their operational modifications by midnight November 17, 2020. Members of the public are encouraged to get tested, wear masks, social distance and avoid gatherings to slow the spread. For additional information, please see the press release below.
CITY OF OJAI COVID-19 UPDATE 11/6/2020
COVID-19 Cases Increasing in County of Ventura
Residents Urged to Use Caution
Ventura, CA – The County of Ventura Public Health Department is reporting concerning increases in COVID-19 cases. The community is urged to use caution. The best protection against COVID-19 continues to be to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing, and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household.
The State monitors three key COVID-19 metrics in assessing how a County can move forward in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The 7-day average case rate per 100,000, the 7-day testing positivity rate and the 7-day health equity testing positivity rate. The County is meeting the metrics for the testing positivity rates for the orange tier, but the 7-day average case rate is on an upward trend. The County must meet all three metrics to continue moving forward. The 7-day case rate was 4.9. It has now increased to 5.3. It is anticipated that next week the rate will be 6.0. If this trend continues and the number exceeds the State metric for the red tier of 7 the County will have to move to the more restrictive purple tier.
“Our community members and businesses have worked so hard to follow the public health guidance. We’ve seen this in the remarkable compliance reported by our business ambassadors and city and state inspectors. Additionally, we fortunately have one of the lowest health equity metrics in the State,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “Our County, in partnership with our community, has done well but we can’t lift our guard. This is now a call to action to continue to be diligent in following the guidance and to use extra caution with any type of gatherings so that we can continue to move forward.”
Daily cases, which are reported Monday through Friday, have increased. This week there were 638 total cases reported compared to lower numbers reported for the week of October 30 with 390 cases, the week of October 23 with 423 cases and the week of October 16 with 334 cases. The last time there was a higher weekly reported case count was on August 28 with 651 cases.
“The individual and collective actions and sacrifices of all of us as Ventura County residents today, and into the holiday season, is going to determine whether we can prevent a continued uptick leading to the possibility that we would revert to the State’s more restrictive purple tier – thus causing greater sacrifice to our businesses and schools,” said Rigoberto Vargas, Public Health Director.
As the holidays approach, Public Health urges the community to use caution with gatherings. The State of California has issued gathering guidance limiting gatherings to a maximum of three households. Gatherings increase the risk for COVID-19. Residents planning to gather, following the guidance, are encouraged to get tested at one of the many County offered high volume testing sites. Testing is free of charge, no appointment is needed and offered 7 days per week. Testing is for residents, those that work in the County of Ventura or those visiting the area.
“We are at a critical moment in our COVID-19 recovery journey. Over the last few weeks, businesses and public spaces have reopened, and many more people have been out and around others. With increased contact among non-household members, there are many more opportunities for transmission of COVID-19, particularly if public health directives are not followed, and the data is now showing concerning trends,” said Public Health Officer, Doctor Robert Levin. “We’re safer in the community only if we follow the very specific directives issued by public health. Our collective responsibility is to take immediate action, as individuals and businesses, to reverse the trends we are experiencing.”
It’s important if someone thinks they could be positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results, to stay at home and act as if they are positive. If a community member tests positive, they should isolate for 10 days from the onset of illness and until symptoms have improved and fever has resolved. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should expect a call from a contact tracer to discuss services to them while they isolate and how to protect others. The contact tracer will also work with the positive person to find who they were in close contact with while infectious. These steps help prevent further spread.
“People who have underlying health conditions remain at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County’s vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible, to have groceries and medicine delivered, and to call their providers immediately if they have even mild symptoms,” said Doctor Levin.
Updates provided at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.
Free COVID-19 Testing in Ojai Extended through December 28, 2020
(10/29/2020) The City of Ojai and County of Ventura have announced additional free COVID-19 testing dates in Ojai through December 28, 2020. Testing is to be held at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Rd. Ojai CA. 93023 every Monday beginning November 9, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.
County of Ventura COVID-19 Information
For the latest information from the County of Ventura, please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/public-health-orders/
State of California COVID-19 Information
For the latest information from the Sate of California, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/
The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering free COVID-19 testing to the public, including to those who have the slightest suspicion of having COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with it. Testing is to be held at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Rd. Ojai CA. 93023 every Monday from noon to 5:00 p.m. through October 26, 2020.
Appointments will not be required and you don’t need to have health insurance, but may be asked for it if you do. For additional information, please see the flyer below.
City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for 9/24/2020
A video of this update can be found at https://youtu.be/lFbdLU16CCo
On September 18, 2020, the 93023 zip code which includes the City of Ojai had 107 total cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Just 5 days later, on September 23, the County reported an increase of 17 cases in 5 days (to 124 total cases) of coronavirus. We have heard from some concerned residents in the last few days regarding this increase, and wanted to provide a brief update.
The City is in contact with Ventura County Public Health, who has confirmed that the increase in cases stems from the outbreak at a long-term care facility in Ojai that was reported about in the Ojai Valley News a few weeks back. The County’s Communicable Disease team is working closely with the facility, ensuring adequate testing and procedures, and has made good progress in getting the outbreak under control. They believe that the numbers will stabilize for Ojai in coming days. We will remain in contact with Ventura County Public Health regarding this issue.
The City would like to take this opportunity to remind all residents to continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself and others safe:
Stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people when you leave your home.
Wear a facemask or cloth face cover when you go to stores and other places where it is hard stay 6 feet away from others.
Stay home when you are sick.
Wash your hands often.
Cover your cough.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and things that are touched a lot.
The County of Ventura has released the following business updates, effective immediately:
Nail Salons: Can be open for indoor service following the expanded personal care services guidance.
Camping: Campgrounds can be open at 100% capacity following campgrounds, RV parks and recreation guidance.
Alcohol-serving Establishments can now be open until 11:00 pm. View the updated order here. Operations must still be conducted outdoors.
All businesses located within the County must create a worksite-specific Covid Prevention Plan and register to be open at www.VCReopens.com. If a business registered previously they do not need to register again.
Free COVID-19 Testing will be Available in The Ojai Valley every Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through October 26, 2020 At 510 Park Rd
City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for August 12, 2020
This is the City of Ojai’s COVID-19 update for August 12, 2020. For a video version of this update, please visit this page: https://youtu.be/bGTjh4f7to0
Yesterday, the County of Ventura provided an update stating that we have made progress towards correcting some of the issues that landed Ventura County on the State’s COVID-19 monitoring list. These metrics are updated and available for review on vcemergency.com. Out of 6 metrics, the County remains on the watchlist due to only one – case rate. This is important because Counties that are off the watchlist have more flexibility in reopening.
We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for wearing face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Ojai has remained an area that has gone above and beyond to reduce the spread, and we appreciate the sacrifices everyone has made. We also wanted to take a moment to provide some updates for residents and businesses.
As you are traveling through town, you may notice some outdoor businesses or fitness classes. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents and businesses that the City has launched several programs that remain in place:
- Outdoor Dining Space – The City launched a program to allow restaurants to establish or expand outdoor dining space in order to provide enough space to stay open and allow social distancing. The program remains in place, please contact the City at 805-646-5581 ext. 112 for more information.
- Outdoor Business Space – More recently, the City launched a similar program to allow businesses such as salons and barbershops to obtain a no-cost permit to provide outdoor space to remain open. The program remains in place, please contact the City at 805-646-5581 ext. 112 for more information.
- Outdoor Fitness Space – The City launched a program that allowed fitness instructors to utilize park space since indoor exercise was limited. The program launched with a reduced $20 per class fee, but the City is announcing that we are reducing that fee to $20 per week. Any fitness instructors interested in more information can contact the City’s Recreation Department at 805-646-5581 ext. 390.
- The City enacted a Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium, which remains in place. More information can be found on the City’s COVID-19 update page at Ojaicity.org.
Thank you and stay safe and healthy.
ounty 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.
City of Ojai Announces Order Allowing Businesses to Use Outside
On July 23, 2020, the City of Ojai announced an order allowing businesses to use outside areas. The order is intended to allow businesses that were impacted by the State’s order, which closed the indoor operations of many businesses within Ventura County, to reopen. Businesses can apply through the City for a temporary use permit and submit a plan to operate in an outdoor expansion area.
The City is waiving fees for these permits in an effort to help support local businesses that have been impacted by the closure orders. For more information, please visit ojaicity.org or call the City’s Community Development Department at (805) 646-5581 ext. 112.
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:
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.
- 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 email@example.com call (805) 646-5581 ext. 112.
- Code Compliance:Code Enforcement is onsite and prepared to respond to needs. Residents may mail firstname.lastname@example.org call 646-5581 ext. 117 to report any concerns.
- Finance Department: For business licenses and other finance services please email Kristy Rivera at email@example.com call (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.
- Public Meetings: For information about public meetings, please email Gail Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org call (805) 646-5581 ext. 120
- Public Works and Engineering Permits: To make arrangements for these services please email Andrea Mackey email@example.com call (805) 646-5581 ext. 209.
- Recreation Department: To make arrangements for these service please email Renee Peace at firstname.lastname@example.org call (805) 646-5581 ext. 390.
- All other Inquires: For all other inquiries, please email Luis Gomez at email@example.com call (805) 646-5581 ext. 103