Ojai, like the rest of Ventura County and the Southern California region, has had a recent surge in COVID cases. Ojai has had approximately 137 cases reported over the last 2 weeks. It is more important than ever to continue to practice safe measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We need to work together to protect the most vulnerable in our community. Wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance and avoid gatherings to help stop the spread. Be careful whenever you go out in public, even at essential businesses.

Each of us can follow safe health practices that not only reduce our own chance of contracting the virus but also prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our coworkers, friends and loved ones.

Below are helpful tips to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while running essential errands and activities.

What you need to know

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others).
  • Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

Grocery Shopping

  • Avoid shopping if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. If possible, order online or use curbside pickup. 
  • Order groceries and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible) or check with your local grocery store to see if pre-order or drive-up options are available.
  • Consolidate trips when possible. When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).
  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours.
  • Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines.
  • Use marked entry or exit points and follow any directional signs or floor markings designed to keep people at least 6 feet apart.
  • Only touch products that you plan to purchase, if possible.
  • Consider not consuming any samples or purchase food or drink items from self-service stations.
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
  • When you get home, and before preparing or eating food, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Banking

  • Bank online when possible
  • Use drive-thru banking services, automated teller machines (ATM), or mobile banking apps for routine transactions that do not require face-to-face assistance as much as possible.
  • Look for any extra prevention practices being implemented by the bank, such as plexiglass barriers for tellers or bankers, staff wearing masks, or physical distancing signs in the lobby.
  • Wear a mask when doing any in-person exchanges and unable to stay at least 6 feet apart from other people – and make sure that bank employees and other people inside the bank are also wearing cloth face coverings.
  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol after any deposit, withdrawal, exchange, drive-thru visit, or use of an ATM.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly when you arrive home or to your destination where a restroom is available.

Getting Gas

  • Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them (if available).
  • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.

Additional tips from the CDC may be found by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/need-to-know.html

City Services: To help prevent spread, we encourage any person seeking City services to use email, online, or telephone methods to communicate their need for City services. As part of this, the City will accept submissions of any applications or petitions by mail or email, and appropriate staff members will follow up to confirm completeness, make arrangements for payment of required fees, and to confirm next steps and requirements as appropriate.

For the latest updates from the City of Ojai regarding COVID-19, please visit https://ojai.ca.gov/covid-19-information/

For the latest updates from the County of Ventura regarding COVID-19, please visit https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/