City of Ojai COVID-19 Orders
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org call (805) 646-5581 ext. 112.
- Code Compliance:Code Enforcement is onsite and prepared to respond to needs. Residents may mail email@example.com call 646-5581 ext. 117 to report any concerns.
- Finance Department: For business licenses and other finance services please email Kristy Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org call (805) 646-5581 ext. 100.
- Public Meetings: For information about public meetings, please email Gail Davis at email@example.com call (805) 646-5581 ext. 120
- Public Works and Engineering Permits: To make arrangements for these services please email Andrea Mackey firstname.lastname@example.org call (805) 646-5581 ext. 209.
- Recreation Department: To make arrangements for these service please email Renee Peace at email@example.com call (805) 646-5581 ext. 390.
- All other Inquires: For all other inquiries, please email Luis Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org call (805) 646-5581 ext. 103