• Matt Esnayra

O.C Enters Phase Two of Reopening; Mask Are Mandatory in Public

California Governor Gavin Newsom approved Orange County's request to enter phase two of the state’s Resilience Roadmap plan, thus allowing some businesses and industries to reopen but with strict changes to cleaning and safety protocols.

Here's the Situation:

In stage two of California's Resilience Roadmap, Orange County is allowed to re-open dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and businesses but must abide by health orders like social distancing, implement screenings, and train employees on new cleaning standards to limit the spread of the virus.

  • In-person dining reservations

  • Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup

  • Manufacturing

  • Offices (when telework not possible)

  • Outdoor Museums

  • Limited Services

  • All Orange County residents and visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings in public places, while shopping or while at work.

  • Masks must be worn when a person is not able to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others they don’t live with.

But wait there's more:

Here are some new guidelines for dine-in restaurants:

  • Provide temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of their shift.

  • Encourage workers who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms to stay home.

  • Encourage disposable glove and hand sanitizer use, frequent handwashing.

  • Face coverings for employees when at work.

  • Signs encouraging customers to wear face coverings and social distancing.

  • Dishwashers should wear protective glasses and/or face shields, provided with impermeable aprons, and change frequently.

What they're saying:

  • OC Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel said, “The County of Orange has met the State’s latest metrics to remove its restrictions on the re-opening of more businesses,” and, “Orange County issued guidelines for businesses to operate three weeks ago. With this attestation, it is our goal to ensure all Orange County businesses have the confidence to open as safely and as soon as possible without concerns about the state order.”

  • Fullerton Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald said, "We are excited to be reopening and to have our businesses get back to serving our residents and employing people again," and "We will continue to practice safe social gathering, but it's time to eat and shop in Fullerton again!", via Twitter.

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