City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020
A video version of this update is available at https://youtu.be/lKmfC_7TPGI
We wanted to provide an update specifically regarding the County’s updated Public Health Order. As you may know, an order was released on April 18, with a revised order on April 20. We wanted to address some of the questions we received.
Here are some of the questions we’ve received:
- Question: When does the new order expire?
Answer: 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020. It is important to note that it can be extended or modified at any time.
- Question: Are we allowed to gather in groups of 5 now?
Answer: Generally, no, although the order does specify a few situations where small gatherings are allowed with social distancing requirements implemented. One example is a wedding, which is allowed with up to 10 people, if social distancing requirements are implemented.
- Question: Can I reopen my business under the new order?
Answer: It depends. The April 18 County order appeared to add added exceptions for home businesses and “limited business operations” to reopen Limited business operations follow specific requirements laid out in the order. However, the revised April 20 order added language specifying that limited business operations are only allowed for businesses that are “necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The complete list of businesses in those federal critical infrastructure sectors can be found with the order on vcemergency.com.
- Question: Are face coverings required?
Answer: Face coverings are required at essential businesses in Ojai. In other words, if you are going to a grocery store, restaurant, or farmer’s market, please make sure to wear your face coverings. This is for your protection, as well as the protection of employees and customers.
- Question: Can my family and I get exercise outside of the home?
Answer: Yes, but please maintain six-foot physical distance from other persons, wash hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizers frequently.
- Question: Can Senior’s get assistance obtaining food and supplies?
Answer: Yes, the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is offering a full service food and supply pantry at no cost for Ventura County residents who are 60 or older, and people with disabilities. Two weeks food supply will be provided by delivery. Information is available at (805) 477-7300.
- Question: Has the City of Ojai put any additional measures in place that are not in the County order?
Answer: Yes, the City will continue to implement regulations, requirements, and facility closures as needed to protect the health and safety of the community. Currently, the following are in place:
- The City’s sports courts (tennis and pickleball) remain closed through May 1.
- The Farmer’s Market will continue to operate with enhanced restrictions, such as limits on numbers of customers, face masks required, reduced vendors, etc.
- The City’s playground and skate park remain closed.
- Picnic areas and barbecues at Sarzotti Park remain closed.
- Traffic and parking will be regulated on North Signal Street to discourage crowds at the trails this weekend.
Here in Ojai, we wanted to say thank you to everyone for doing your part. We know that these requirements are difficult. We appreciate you.
Stay safe and healthy!