A video version of this update is available at: https://youtu.be/UfL5t1Vp58w

Good afternoon,

This is the City of Ojai’s COVID-19 update for May 15, 2020. As of today, in Ventura County, there have been 764 total cases of coronavirus, with 16 new cases reported yesterday. 579 new tests were reported yesterday, bringing the total to 15,550. The County noted that approximately 2% of Ventura County has now been tested and that the number of tests is expected to increase next week, with some additional test sites opening up. More information on testing can be found at the Ventura County Health Care agency website (vchca.org/health-information/covid19).

This week, the County of Ventura moved into early Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening where some of the lower-risk type workplaces can begin to open with procedures and protocols in place. The updated “Stay Well” order will allow retail businesses, such as clothing stores, bookstores, florists and others to reopen with curb side delivery, as well as supply chain related businesses. Businesses must fill out an attestation form at vcreopen.org, and can contact the City for an easy to use checklist to ensure that appropriate protocols are being followed. As businesses begin opening up, we remind everyone to follow social distancing protocols while supporting local business. To social distance, avoid gathering in groups, stay 6 feet from others, and remember to wash your hands thoroughly.

On May 13, 2020, the County expanded the order to allow for office-based businesses to return (although telework is still strongly encouraged). The order also allowed select services such as car washes, pet grooming, landscape gardening, and outdoor museums to reopen with appropriate protocols.

The County noted that the following are still closed under the order:                                

  • Personal services, such as hair and nail salons, gyms, and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, pro sports, indoor museums, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme Parks
  • Hotels for leisure and/or tourism

The County’s updated order also allows tennis courts, pickleball courts, and parks to be open, with social distancing protocols in place. Here in Ojai, we have opened these facilities with these protocols in place. However, shared amenities, such as playgrounds and the skate park are still closed under the order to prevent the spread of disease. Restrooms at parks remain open and are frequently being sanitized. If you are visiting a park, consider bringing your own water and hand sanitizer if possible. The City will continue to limit traffic on North Signal Street to reduce crowding on Shelf Trail, and some additional procedures remain in place at the Farmer’s Market. We also announced today that chairs will not be allowed on Ojai Avenue for Fourth of July festivities at this time. We will be reviewing that event further at the upcoming City Council meeting (May 26, 2020).

Last, please remember that here in Ojai, we are still requiring face coverings at essential businesses. If you are going shopping, please remember to wear a face covering. We appreciate your help!