Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health expanded its statewide indoor closures for businesses that encourage mixing of individuals beyond immediate households and make physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult.
The state is similarly expanding its statewide order for breweries, bars, and pubs to close both indoor and outdoor operation unless they are offering sit-down meals outdoors and complying with guidance issued on June 28. These businesses must remain closed in Ventura County unless they have a restaurant permit issued by Ventura County Environmental Health.
Today’s order is effective immediately and the closures will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to modify the order based on public health conditions. Counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days – currently 29 counties, including Ventura County, accounting for 80 percent of the state’s population – must close indoor operations for the following activities:
• Gyms and Fitness Centers
• Places of Worship
• Indoor Protests
• Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
• Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
• Hair Salons and Barbershops
Sectors included in today’s announcement are all at higher risk of transmission because they promote mixing with others outside of one’s household. In addition, some of these sectors are centered on eating and drinking, where compliance with face coverings is not possible for the full duration of time spent in the establishment. All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings and must be adhered to. The state will work closely with counties to ensure businesses are complying with guidance and are modifying operations to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
More information at https://covid19.ca.gov/.
On July 1, 2020, Governor Newsom announced further restrictions for nineteen of California’s counties. The affected counties, which includes Ventura County, must close indoor operations in certain sectors including:
• Dine-in restaurants
• Wineries and tasting rooms
• Movie Theaters
• Family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades
• Zoos and museums
Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors. Please visit the State’s website for additional information.
While Santa Paula's parks are open, basketball courts, playgrounds and parking lots remain closed. Skate parks are open to no more than 10 individuals at one time.
As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, please remember to avoid gathering with anyone outside of your household, practice physical distancing of at least six (6) feet, wash your hands regularly, and wear a mask in all public spaces.
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 June 30 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the Ventura County Health Care Agency will be offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to Santa Paula residents at the Agricultural Museum (926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, CA 93060). Antibody testing can reveal whether an individual has been previously exposed to COVID-19, and it can be useful to determine which communities have been most affected. Click here for more information.
The County of Ventura launched the Rental and Business Assistance Programs aimed at providing relief from the impacts of COVID-19. Residents can apply for rental assistance from June 17 to July 1, 2020 at www.ventura.org/rent and business owners can apply at https://www.vcemergency.com/vc-reopens from June 24 to July 8, 2020.
“Our community is hurting. It is our hope that these programs will provide at least some relief where it is needed most. Helping our community members and our business owners is critical as we recover. There is a long way to go, but these are important first steps,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer.
The Rental Assistance Program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents who owe past-due rent because of a hardship due to COVID-19. Priority will be given to eligible applicants with an annual household income of less than 50% area median income, followed by 80% AMI.
The application process opened online at www.ventura.org/rent on June 17, 2020. Applications must be fully completed by July 1, 2020, including submission of information requested from each applicant’s landlord to support the application. If more eligible households apply than total funding can support, a computerized lottery system will be used to fund eligible households at random.
“We anticipate a great need for this program countywide,” said Melissa Livingston, Director for the Human Services Agency. “Many renters are just now returning to work, and they’re struggling to pay for child care, food, and other basic needs – all as they’re watching their back-rent debt grow. This rental program is designed to relieve some of that financial stress.”
Those who qualify could potentially receive rental assistance in the amount of $1,500 for a studio/1 bedroom and $2,500 for a 2 bedroom or larger, with a maximum of two months of rent owed. While the funding may not fully cover monthly rent, it will assist in reducing amounts owed.
Payments will be made directly to landlords.
Community outreach for this program will be key. Community members are encouraged to help spread the word about this opportunity. The Human Services Agency will work with other County agencies, cities and community partners including El Concilio, Interface 211, United Way, Red Cross, 805Help.Org, Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), Help of Ojai, Cabrillo Economic Development, Westminster Clinic, the Santa Paula Latino Town Hall and other community groups to encourage eligible individuals to apply.
The rental program is federally funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and prioritizes rental assistance for those with very low incomes who have been unable to pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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.
As of April 1st, 2020, all Ventura County School Districts agreed to keep school campuses closed through the end of the school year in support of the coronavirus mitigation effort. The decision was made in consultation with Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. The decision comes after recommendations from California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for schools to continue providing distance learning in lieu of in-class instruction for the remainder of the current semester. With this recent news, our District will continue to develop the best distance learning educational program to meet the needs of our students. For the most up-to-date information please refer to the Santa Paula Unified School District Website.
PLEASE NOTE: The Child Nutrition Services Team will continue to provide 5 DAY meal bags for families throughout the summer. 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. As of June 15, 2020, the Utility Billing counter in City Hall will be open Monday – Thursday from 9:00am – noon, and 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The same hours will apply to the alternate Fridays the City is open.
The County of Ventura is the first and largest Southern California County to receive approval from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to move forward on an accelerated path to reopening. With this approval, Ventura County dine-in restaurants, retail and shopping, places of worship, hair salons and barbershops, construction, bars and wineries serving food, fitness centers and more are permitted to reopen. All businesses must register at www.vcreopens.com and follow the guidance outlined.
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.