A video update from Police Chief Rivera and the City Manager are available at this link: https://youtu.be/_cZMCp9OXBI
You may have heard that the Public Health Officer has reported that there have now been over 30 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ventura County, with the first case identified in Ojai. This should remind us that no area is immune, and emphasizes how important it is that we all do our part, and follow the State and County’s Stay Well at Home orders. The County’s order is in effect through April 20, 2020.
Residents of the County of Ventura (including the City of Ojai) are required by the Stay Well at Home order to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others. The full order is available on ojaicity.org and vcemergency.com.
The County Stay Well at Home Order states that:
YOU CAN …
• Go to the grocery store
• Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
• Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
• Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
• Care or support a friend or family member
• Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
• Help someone to get necessary supplies
YOU SHOULD NOT …
• Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
• Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
• Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out, as possible
• Travel to or from a job outside the County, unless to perform essential activities
• Travel to or from a vacation home outside the County
• Visit others in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility
We’ve all seen the pictures and videos of crowded beaches this weekend. Please do not engage in that type of behavior. Practice social distancing and stay at least six feet away from others. Don’t put yourself or others at risk of spreading the virus.
Many resources are available:
Local restaurants continue to provide take-out and delivery services.
Grocery stores remain open, with early hours for Seniors and Vulnerable populations.
Other essential services such as service stations and pet supplies remain open.
The City will continue to operate the trolleys at this time, although, effective Wednesday, they will operate on a reduced schedule due to reduced ridership.
The City is taking some additional action to help prevent the spread:
Playground equipment and the skate park have been closed this afternoon, to help ensure social distancing and prevent potential spread. Soccer fields and other parks, such as the Libbey Lawn, remain open so residents can get fresh air and recreation while still maintaining social distancing. Trails also remain open. Feel free to get some air, but avoid crowds as much as possible.
The City has also begun to limit seating in the trolleys to help ensure social distancing.
Virtual City Hall also remains open at www.ojaicity.org to provide essential services and information to Ojai residents. City staff is here and ready to help.
Please continue to monitor our website and www.vcemergency.com for updates.
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