Members of the Ojai Community,
Last night, the State of California released an order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except for essential needs, until further notice. Information on the order is available from the State’s website at: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
The Governor’s full executive order is here: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf
The order has raised a lot of questions. The City has been in contact with the County Executive’s Office and Public Health Officer, who have prepared an order for Ventura County that will clarify this matter for Ventura County residents, including Ojai. The County’s order asks residents to “stay well at home” unless engaged in certain “essential activities,” which include:
- Engaging in essential activities for you or your family (including pets) such as grocery shopping, obtaining medical care, walking, running, bicycling or gardening.
- Providing or obtaining essential governmental functions or services.
- Operating or working at essential businesses such as healthcare operations and essential Infrastructure, grocery stores, pet supply stores, agricultural production and processing operations, and gas stations.
- All travel is prohibited, except essential travel such as travel for work authorized under this order; to engage in essential activities; to care for elderly persons, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons; and to return to a place of residence from outside Ventura County.
- When outside their places of residence, all persons must maintain, as reasonably possible, a physical distance of at least six feet from any other person and comply with all other Social Distancing Requirements
The City website (Ojaicity.org) and Facebook page will include the full County order, with additional information.
We understand that the order may be causing confusion and anxiety for our community. I ask you to continue to support each other and encourage best practices. Your actions can help reduce the spread of this disease. Practice good hygiene, work from home if you can, practice social distancing by avoiding large groups and staying 6 feet away from others. Keep each other safe.
The City Council will continue to meet and take action as needed. As leaders, we are going to use the March 24 meeting as an opportunity to provide an example of “social distancing” by meeting via videoconferencing software. The public can submit public comments for these meetings by email and watch the meetings on Channel 10, YouTube, or the City’s website.
Mayor John F. Johnston,
City of Ojai