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O.C Health Officials Bans All Gathering to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus


In an unprecedented move, Orange County has ordered: "all public and private gatherings of any number of people, including at places of work, occurring outside a single household or living it is prohibited".


The order will be imposed by local police and the Orange County Sheriffs Department.


Exemptions for “essential activities.”

Orange County official Dr. Nicole Quick issued the order effective immediately, but with some exemptions for "essential activities" which include:

  • Government agencies, court personnel, and first responders.

  • Healthcare operations (e.g. hospitals) and essential infrastructure.

  • Grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, and other stores that sell canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products.

  • Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing.

  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services for needy individuals.

  • Media

  • Restaurants but only for delivery or carry out.

  • Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so as long as its a pick-up and takeaway basis only.

  • Banks, hardware stores, Gas stations, Laundromats, dry cleaners, and auto-supply, auto-repair, plumbers, electricians, exterminators.

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Why it matters:

There have been 22 confirmed cases of coronavirus, which includes four cases believed to have been spread from person-to-person, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.


300 people are currently being tested for the virus, according to the L.A Times and many Orange County schools have been closed to slow the spread of the virus.