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County of Orange clarifies guidance for re-opening more businesses

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new guidance for the reopening of additional sectors of economies in jurisdictions like Orange County that have already submitted an attestation and received approval to move deeper into Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

These newly issued guidance provides corresponding sectors with information on public health modifications they should implement prior to opening, and state that they may only reopen upon approval by the County Health Officer. Upon review of local data related to COVID-19 spread and Orange County’s readiness, the County Health Officer will make a final decision about the timing for re-opening a sector, which may happen no sooner than June 12, 2020.

These sectors include:

The County Health Officer will review Orange County’s epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations and contact tracing, and give sector-by-sector approval for these industries to re-open as appropriate. The County looks forward to sharing approvals with the community via press releases.

For further information related to the businesses outlined in the new order, please visit: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-113.aspx.

The article above was released by the County of Orange.


  1. I don’t get why the recreational areas are opening and the casinos and card places, fitness facilities and all these other places that are not essential but the court houses are still not open!!!!
    I’ve been trying to get thru a divorce for 2 years and I finally get him served and his 30 days has not even started and he was served a month ago but it’s more important to go gamble or go to the movies or the horse tracks!!!
    What has this world come to it’s really @ss backwards and SAD!!!!!!!

    1. Penny,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      I sympathize with you (and lots of others) that the order in which sectors of the economy have been granted permission to re-open is puzzling, irritating, and hard to justify.

      We can now go bet the rent money at a race course, but we can’t go to church to ask for God’s help in not giving in to the urge to gamble irresponsibly.

      Go figure.

      I believe — and somebody else with more knowledge can chime in here to correct me if this is wrong — that the courts are kinda sorta in charge of getting themselves up and running again. My personal opinion is that those in charge of the courts don’t have much motive for moving quickly.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Hang in there, stay safe, and stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

      1. My son is a competitive diver. It’s an outdoor activity and my understanding is that outdoor transmission is rare or unlikely. They are always more than 6 feet apart from one another on the boards and in chlorine. I don’t understand why he can’t get back to diving when divers all over the country are already back in the pools getting a leg up on him. So we can go gamble but my kid can’t keep working towards his Olympic dreams? I repeatedly inquired with the City of Laguna Niguel and they just ignore me and won’t explain why they are not opening for competitive divers and swimmers. It’s heartbreaking.

  2. When will the Fullerton Arboretum be
    opening for their volunteers to help get the grounds ready for the public?

    1. Maggie,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Nothing has yet been released by the folks at the Arboretum on when volunteers will be asked back. At least the new guidelines will allow that (I think).

      As soon as Orange County Breeze hears something, we’ll let our readers know.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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