City of Ojai COVID-19 update for April 30: tennis and pickleball courts to open

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This is the city of Ojai's COVID-19 update for April 30. 
As of April 30, there have been 535 cases of oronavirus in Ventura County, with 18 deaths. Ojai has had 5 total cases, and Oak View has had 2 cases. We thank our residents for doing their part to help flatten the curve. 


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Message from Ojai Police Chief Jose Rivera
The Ojai Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is here for you when you need us. Due to the COVID-19, we are all experiencing some very challenging times and adjustments to our way of life. I’m sure residents are concerned about their safety during these difficult times. 
I just want to take a quick moment to let you know your Sheriff Deputies are aware of this too. Your deputies are out day and night patrolling your neighborhoods and responding to your calls for service. If you need us, we will be there.
To our business owners...I know a majority of the businesses in our city have closed in compliance with State and County orders and there are concerns about businesses falling victim to crime. Your deputies are aware of this and will be out conducting high visibility patrols in and around the business areas in an effort to keep them safe. 
I do suggest for business owners to periodically stop by their businesses to ensure their businesses are secure. If they notice any tampering or break-ins I urge them to call the police to report the incident.
We have heard some concerns from residents about a potential increase in crimes due to recent changes from the State and Federal Government in penalties. We are not seeing a noticeable increase in crime at this time. We appreciate all the proactive steps that our residents are taking to make this community safe. We will continue to be vigilant to serve and protect our Community!
Message from Ojai City Manager James Vega
City employees are also here to help serve. Please feel free to contact City Hall at (805) 646-5581 with any questions. 
I wanted to take a moment to update you on some important things happening here in Ojai and the Valley. First, please remember that face coverings are required when at an essential business in Ojai, to protect yourself and the employees at these essential businesses. Remember to exercise caution, even when wearing face coverings, practice physical distancing, and avoid putting your hands to your face before washing your hands thoroughly. 
Here’s some information on additional services available: 
Information on Food Services:
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.
FOOD Share is also holding pop-up food pantries in Ojai on Mondays at Noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (185 South Thomas Drive), for low-income families living in Ojai. Proof of residence is required.
Information on city facilities:
The following facilities will remain closed until further notice:
·      Playgrounds
·      The Skate Park
·      Sarzotti Park barbecue equipment and picnic areas
·      North Signal Street will be closed to through traffic– to reduce crowd level at the Shelf Trail
·      Libbey Bowl Concerts and Events are postponed and/or canceled through the end of May. 
The following facilities will be open with some modifications:
·      Tennis Courts – singles play only with time limits if others are waiting to play
·      Pickleball Courts – limited hours (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) singles play only, with additional spacing to encourage social distancing
·      Farmers' Market – Reduced capacity, booths, and face coverings required
·      City Public Bathrooms – Remain open 24 hours a day to allow vulnerable populations to ensure appropriate hand sanitization
·      Sarzotti Park and Libbey Park remain open for exercise, except for the areas noted above. Please maintain physical distancing from others if you are visiting the park or getting outdoor exercise. 
Lastly, we’ve all heard the words “social distancing” a lot lately. Its more important than ever to stay connected with friends, neighbors, and loved ones through video chats, phone calls or letters. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging has announced a Senior Support Line available at (800) 235-9980. Please visit or page for more information and resources. 
Thank you!





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