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9/8/20 Blueprint for A Safer Economy

Please read this important media release from the County of Orange on the moving of Orange County to the State’s COVID “Blueprint for A Safer Economy” Red Tier.

To see the entire “Blueprint”, click here.

To see what each tier allows, click here.

To read the original media release, visit https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=117643

8/28/2020 State of California "Blueprint for a Safer Economy"

The State of California has just released a new framework for the State's COVID-19 response, the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." 

Every county is now assigned to a color tier based on its rate of new cases.  The tier determines which business sectors can open, and how they will be allowed to safely operate.

To read the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy," visit www.covid19.ca.gov.

For a matrix that explains each tier, and how it affects different business sectors,  click here.

7/22/2020 State of California Guidance for Several Sector 

The State of California and the Orange County Health Agency have issued updated COVID-19 guidance for several sectors:

Updated guidance for certain personal care services to provide those services outdoors, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-personal-care--en.pdf . #OCCOVID19

Updated guidance for hair salon and barbershop services to operate outdoors, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-outdoor-hair-salons--en.pdf

Updated guidance for schools and school-based programs, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf . Please be aware that the State is expected to issue additional guidance in the near future on school-based sports and extracurricular activities. 

Updated guidance for day camps, available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-daycamps.pdf . As a reminder, recreational team sports are still not permitted. 

Updated guidance on childcare facilities, which are available at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare--en.pdf  #OCCOVID19

For more information, call the County of Orange COVID-19 Information line at (714) 834-2000 or email ETeam@ochca.com.

7/8/2020 Youth Sports Practices Postponed in Orange County Due to New State Guidance

The State of California has recently amended its guidance regarding    youth sports practices, team drills and training and will no longer allow them to occur throughout the state.

7/3/2020 Temporary Outdoor Dining 

At a special meeting on Thursday, July 2, the Orange City Council approved a plan to allow restaurants in the City to create outdoor dining spaces by utilizing private walkways and private parking lots where safe and possible to do so.  The new dining areas must maintain existing ADA access.

On July 1, the State of California issued new health orders, mandating that restaurants in Orange County must cease indoor operations, though they are allowed to continue serving customers outdoors.  In order to help our local restaurants comply with this order, the City will temporarily remove restrictions on outdoor dining, which will allow restaurants to set-up exterior dining areas in private exterior spaces, and remain open.

The use of outdoor dining spaces are allowed through July 31. The City will evaluate the situation the week prior, and can decide to extend the time period if the situation warrants it.

We would like to encourage everyone to patronize our local restaurants, and help keep them in business, and our economy moving.

7/1/2020 Updated Order from Governor Gavin Newsom

Both the State of California and the County of Orange have issued new Health Orders in response to the Coronavirus pandemic:

State of California:  

Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates in several counties, and effective immediately, July 1, the State of California has closed all bars, including those with outdoor areas, in several counties, including Orange County.  The following businesses must also cease indoor operations, though they may continue outdoor operations if they exist:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting         cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors.

This order is effective for a minimum of three weeks, and is subject to possible extension. For the list of businesses affected by the closure, or more information, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

County of Orange:  

The Orange County Health Agency has issued new Health Orders closing all bars in Orange County to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  The Order, which is effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 2, helps align counties in Southern California due to the increases in COVID-19 cases across the region. 

For the full text of the County Order, visit: https://cms.ocgov.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=116494

6/19/2020 State of California expanded opening for Personal Care Services

The State of California has issue new COVID Industry Guidance, allowing expanded openings for Personal Care Services "...which includes personal care that requires touching a client’s face, e.g. facials, electrolysis, and waxing. This guidance applies to esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)."

To read the full COVID Industry Guidance, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/expanded-personal-services.pdf

6/18/2020   State of California Guidance for the use of face coverings

Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.  

Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or presymptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.

This document updates existing CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside the home.  It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and handwashing.  

Guidance

People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below: 

• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; (Unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., school or childcare center)) • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;  (Unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider ) • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle; • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:

  •  Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
  •  Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone    from the public is present at the time;
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.
  • The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
  • Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff. 

Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it. 

Background

What is a cloth face covering?

A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. 

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?

There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions. 

When should I wear a cloth face covering?

You should wear face coverings when in public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible 

How should I care for a cloth face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face. Discard cloth face coverings that:

  •  No longer cover the nose and mouth
  •  Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps • Cannot stay on the face • Have holes or tears in the fabric

Click here for the full text of the State of California. 

05/08/20 Governor Newsom Releases Updated Industry Guidance 

Please read this important media release from California Governor Gavin Newsom on Updated Industry Guidance for Re-Opening the Economy.

Media Release page 1   page 2  page 3

 Click here for website.

04/29/20 State of California 

In a press conference on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom laid out, in 4 stages, the roadmap to the State’s lifting of the "stay at home" order that is currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are currently in Stage 1, the roadmap outlines the actions that will be necessary by individual citizens, businesses, and the government in order to meet the key indicators for movement to Stage 2.  These included stabilization of hospitalization trends, sufficient supply and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, testing, and contact tracing capacity throughout the state.

Once the conditions are met, the transition to Stage 2 will occur through a statewide modification to the Stay-At-Home Order. The Governor indicated he expected we will be able to transition to Stage 2 in the next few weeks, if not sooner.

Remember, we are all in this together.  Maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay "safer at home" unless you are an essential worker.

To read Governor Newsom’s complete presentation, click here.

04/24/20 State of California Mortgage Relief Agreements 

If you are having problems paying your mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for some relief.  Federally-backed loans are eligible for a two or six-month suspension through the Federal Housing Agency.  The State of California has also obtained similar relief agreements from 200 mortgage lenders.

The State has set-up a website with all of the details, help you find out if your lender is participating in this program, and how to apply for mortgage relief if they are.  Visit https://dbo.ca.gov/covid19-updates-fi/

04/23/20 Media Release from Governor Gavin Newsom

Please read this important media release from the State of California on several Executive Orders issued by Governor Newsom in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can find the text of the Executive Order at www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/N-54-20-COVID-19-4.22.20.pdf

04/14/2020 Media Release from Governor Gavin Newsom

Please read this important media release from Gov. Newsom on the Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions:

To view the entire roadmap outlined by Gov. Newsom, visit www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/California-Roadmap-to-Modify-the-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

04/12/2020 Executive Order for Childcare For Essential Workers 

A recent Executive Order by California Governor Gavin Newson allows for essential works to access state-subsidized childcare and preschool programs while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, go to www.chs-ca.org/child-care-payment-program

03/30/2020 Statewide Moratorium on Evictions related to COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20 that bans evictions through May 31, 2020 for certain tenants affected by COVID-19. Landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants before that date for nonpayment of rent if tenants meet the following requirements:

·The tenant paid rent as required prior to the date of this Order (March 27, 2020)

·The tenant notifies the landlord in writing within seven days of the rent being due that they must delay some or all of the rent for reasons related to COVID-19, including:

·The tenant was unavailable to work because of illness due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or to care for a family member with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

·The tenant was laid off, lost hours,  or experienced reduced income due to COVID-19

·The tenant missed work to care for a child whose school was closed in response to     COVID-19

·The tenant must retain documentation for the delay of rent payment

The Order does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent. For more information visit www.gov.ca.gov.

03/21/2020    Statewide Mandatory Stay-At-Home Order

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide mandatory stay-at-home order. It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the directive. We encourage everyone to do their part to stay healthy and keep your social distance. Click here for FAQs.

If you have concerns or questions about compliance with this order, please contact OC Public Health at (714) 628-7085, go to www.COVID19.ca.gov, or the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com.

Please stay home, unless you must leave for essential functions as specified in the order.  Always practice social distancing when you go out.

03/20/2020    New California State Health Directive Issued

On Wednesday evening, March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all Californians to "stay home" as a means to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19.) The order was effective immediately.  Click here to read the order.

In addition to directing everyone to stay at home, the order also named 16 specific critical infrastructure sectors where people should continue to work, because of the importance these sectors have to the health and well-being of California. These sectors include government and public safety, food manufacturing and distribution, medical services, grocery stores, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, utilities, gas stations, banks, laundry services, and pharmacies.

 The order will remain in place until further notice.

The safety of Orange residents and businesses is our highest priority. Please be assured that the City continues to function, with Police, Fire, Water, and Public Works services operating as normal. Parks are open for necessary use, please practice social distancing. Playgrounds and exercise equipment are closed. Other services such as planning and building, finance, and library are available remotely or via our website at www.cityoforange.org.

The City continues to monitor the state-wide situation, and is in constant communication with county, state and federal authorities. Please check this site for future updates.

Federal Tax Payment Date Changed for 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.

For more information visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

03/17/20  Guidelines for slowing the spread

President Trump has released advisory guidelines for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, which you can view by clicking here

Governor Newsom has released his own advisory guidelines for the State of California, which you can view by clicking here.  In summary, the key recommendations include:

•    If you feel sick, stay at home.  Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

•    If your children are sick, keep them home.  Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

•    If you are an older person, or a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at risk, stay home and away from other people.

•    Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people and avoid discretionary travel.

•    Wash your hands frequently.

Each business located in the City of Orange is responsible for deciding how best to comply with these guidelines.

The City of Orange will continue to work with our local health officials, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, to ensure we are following the State’s guidance and maintaining our focus on public safety.

The public should follow our official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityoforange, or continue to check back here for more information as it develops. In addition, the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  www.cdc.gov provide up-to-date information on prevention measures and changes in state and federal guidelines.    

03/11/2020    Governor Gavin Newsom policy on gatherings

On Wednesday, March 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California Public Health Officials issued an updated policy on gatherings intended to “protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.”   These guidelines call for postponing, canceling, or modifying non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31.  Gatherings of less than 250 people are allowed if the organizers “can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.”  

It is the determination of the state’s public health experts that these measures are necessary to help stem the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state.  The guidelines do not cover schools, transit facilities, and other operations considered essential.

For the full text of the Governor’s announcement, click here.

For the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Coronavirus information page, click here.