Since Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement about stricter stay-at-home orders and the changes in some business activities, many people are asking how we will be handling enforcement. As has been the case throughout this evolving situation, we will continue to educate our community of the health orders and encourage compliance with them.
It is anticipated that City service levels to the community will remain the same and City Hall will keep its current operating hours. Additionally, the City of Santa Paula remains committed to supporting our local businesses and encourages residents to shop local this holiday season.
Like you we are disappointed by this turn of events, but remain confident that we can pull together to slow the spread of COVID-19. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. Remember you can keep yourself and others safe by limiting your out of home activities, wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing and frequently washing your hands.
On Thursday, December 3, the State announced a new regional stay at home order based on the region’s ICU capacity rate. Once triggered, the new order would implement further sector closures and modifications. On Friday, December 4, the ICU capacity rate in the Southern California region, which includes the City of Santa Paula, fell below the State’s 15% rate, prompting the new order to take effect on Sunday, December 6. All operations in the following sectors must close:
The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100 percent masking and physical distancing:
The new regional stay at home order augments the State's limited Stay at home order announced on November 19, which requires all gatherings and non-essential activities to stop between the hours of 10 PM and 5 AM.
On November 16, the California Department of Public Health now requires all people in California to wear a face covering when they are outside of their home unless they are:
On August 28, 2020, Governor Newsom released the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, California’s tiered system designed for living with COVID-19 for the long haul. The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease. The plan includes:
To move into the next tier, counties will also be required to show they are targeting resources and making the greatest effort possible to prevent and fight COVID-19 in communities and with individuals with the highest risk, as well as demonstrate improvements in outcomes.
On August 6, the California Department of Public Health allowed youth sports to resume for training, conditioning and physical education in Ventura County. Santa Paula’s parks are open for outdoor youth sports practice. However, games, tournaments and scrimmages are not allowed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To reserve a field, call our Parks & Recreation Office at 805-933-4226 ext 350.
Please note that any organization conducting training must register under Youth Sports at VCReopens.com and follow State guidelines. All practices and conditioning must account for State-mandated social distancing measures. Additionally, all practices and conditioning must take place outdoors due to Ventura County’s elevated rate of COVID-19 cases.
Adult and amateur team sports have not been permitted by the State to resume.
The California Department of Public Health updated their guidance for the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside the home. It mandates that face coverings be worn statewide in most public spaces starting June 19, 2020, with certain exceptions outlined in the updated guidelines. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and hand washing.
On March 13, the City of Santa Paula proclaimed a Local State of Emergency regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in preparation for the inevitable moment when cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the city. As of June 22, 2020, there are 171 cases of COVID-19 within the city limits of Santa Paula according to Ventura County Public Health. We remain committed to sharing information with Santa Paula residents and will continue to update this webpage with the latest information and resources.
The City of Santa Paula enforces the Stay Well at Home order issued by the Ventura County Public Health Officer on March 20 and updated June 11, 2020, which orders all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences and limit all non-essential movement outside of their homes and supplements the State Public Health Officer’s Order dated March 19, 2020, to address the unique needs of Ventura County in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The County order is in alignment with the May 7 State of California Executive Order and provides more details specific to the community in this region. The order will continue to be in effect until rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the County Health Officer.
On March 19, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health directed all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs. Essential services will remain open, and government programs and services will continue to be provided. Visit the California COVID-19 Response webpage for details and to read the full Executive Order.
For the most up-to-date information on health recommendations related to coronavirus, please continue to also refer to the CDC website, the California Department of Public Health website, and the Ventura County Department of Public Health website.
Santa Paula Unified School District (SPUSD) opened the school year on Wednesday, August 12 providing instruction to all students via a distance learning model (online instruction). For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the SPUSD website.
PLEASE NOTE: The Child Nutrition Services Team will be distributing multiple days worth of meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Please visit the Santa Paula Unified School District Website for more information.
City Hall is still here to help you, but to limit the spread of COVID-19, we’re reducing in-person interactions whenever possible. The Utility Billing counter in City Hall is open Monday – Thursday from 9:00am – noon. The same hours will apply to the alternate Fridays the City is open.
For the latest information and to view the latest data on the COVID-19 cases in Ventura County, please click here to be routed to the Ventura County Recovers website.
For the latest information from Ventura County Public Health, please visit the Newsroom on their Coronavirus Information webpage.