Coronavirus Information

Status as of Friday, November 20, 2020

State and County Updates

On November 19, the State announced a new limited stay at home order. Gatherings and non-essential activities must stop between the hours of 10 PM and 5 AM. 

Read the full order on the State’s Department of Public Health website here.

On November 16, the State announced Ventura County, among 41 of California Counties, moved back to the Purple tier due to unprecedented surges in the number of cases. The following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice:

  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering
  • Family entertainment centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing and arcades)
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Movie Theaters
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Places of worship
  • Playgrounds and recreational facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries

The following sectors are open for INDOOR operations with modifications such as face covering requirements, social distancing and sanitization.

  • All retail (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Nail salons and electrolysis operations
  • Personal care services
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 25% capacity)

Read more about the Purple tier restrictions here in the County’s press release here.

California Department of Public Health / Governor's Office mandates use of face coverings

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:

  • In a car alone or solely with members of their own household
  • Working in an office or in a room alone
  • Actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence
  • Outdoors and maintaining at least six (6) feet of social distancing from others not in their household; however, these individuals must carry a face covering and wear it when they are within six (6) feet of others who are not in their household
  • Obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
  • Workers who are required to wear respiratory protection
  • Specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by other CDPH guidance

View the full state guidance here.

County Testing Sites

The County of Ventura offers COVID-19 testing for free for all community members. There is one county drive-up testing site in Santa Paula in the City parking lot located at the corner of E. Main Street and N. Ojai Street. The testing site serves community members Friday through Tuesday from 10 AM to 7 PM. No appointment is necessary at this site. For all county testing site information, please visit the County's website here.

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California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy

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:

  1. At least 21 days to expand activities beyond the initial tier to ensure California better limits the spread of the virus;
  2. Mandatory metrics – case rates and test positivity – to measure how widespread COVID-19 is in each county and guide what is allowed;
  3. A uniform state framework, with four categories instead of 58 different sets of rules;                                                                        
  4. A more nuanced way of allowing activity: Instead of open vs. closed, sectors can be partially opened and progressively add to their operations as disease transmission decreases; and
  5. A new process for tightening back up again quickly when conditions worsen.

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.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy Tiers

COVID-19 Tenant and Landlord Protection Legislation

On August 31, Governor Newsom announced that legislation has been passed to protect tenants from eviction and property owners from foreclosure due to economic impacts of COVID-19. These protections apply to tenants who declare an inability to pay all or part of their rent due to a COVID-related reason. See the Governor's press release here.

Playgrounds Reopening Checklist

The State released guidelines on reopening playgrounds on September 28. Please help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open and fun by following the guidelines below:

  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance 
  • Do not eat or drink in playgrounds
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after you visit the playgrounds
  • If you’re elderly, have underlying medical conditions or are feeling unwell, please do not visit the playgrounds
  • Limit your visit to 30 minutes if others are waiting to enjoy the space

State releases guidance on youth sports

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 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.

For additional information on the State’s guidelines regarding youth sports, please visit the State’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Youth Sports document. View all state issued industry guidance here.

California Department of Public Health / Governor's Office mandates use of face coverings

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.

Click here to view the updated guidelines, released June 18, 2020.

Additional Updates

Local State of Emergency Declaration & Stay Well at Home Orders

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

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 Facilities and Programs

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, and 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The same hours will apply to the alternate Fridays the City is open.

Click here to view a listing of the most up-to-date information about the status of city services and facilities.

Press Releases

CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings (June 18, 2020) (English)

Reopening and Community Reminders (June 12, 2020) (English)

Reopening and Community Reminders (June 12, 2020) (Spanish)

Stay Well at Home Order Reminder and Updates (April 10, 2020)

Sanitation Wipes Notice Press Release (March 24, 2020) (English)

Sanitation Wipes Notice Press Release (March 24, 2020) (Spanish)

City Implements “Stay Well at Home” Orders, Confirms Two Cases of Coronavirus in Santa Paula (March 20, 2020)

New Community Update on COVID-19 for the City of Santa Paula (March 16, 2020) (English)

New Community Update on COVID-19 for the City of Santa Paula (March 16, 2020) (Spanish)

Declaration of Emergency Press Release (March 13, 2020)

Santa Paula Declaration of Emergency Document 

Ventura County Public Health Updates

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.