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Posted on: May 23, 2020

County of Orange moves into Stage Two

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Please read these very important media releases from the County of Orange about the approval from the State to move to an "accelerated" Stage 2 opening, and new Back2Business Initiative.

For several weeks, Orange County has been operating under an “early” Stage 2 of the State’s “4 Stage” COVID-19 reopening plan.  We are very pleased to report that the State has approved the County’s request to move to an “accelerated” Stage 2 reopening.

Under the “accelerated” Stage 2, destination retail and dine-in restaurants will be allowed to reopen, contingent on their readiness to implement and comply with sector-specific guidance and restrictions, which can be found at

When planning to reopen, all businesses must complete a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  These plans may include social distancing, sanitation, screening and prevention, minimizing physical contact during transactions, and employee training. The County of Orange Back2Business Initiative will provide up to 1,000 small businesses with free access to floor plan software to help them meet the latest social distancing requirements. For more information, visit

The City of Orange is committed to supporting our local Orange businesses as they plan to reopen.  Please visit the City’s Reopening Plan for helpful information on preparing your business’s reopening plan and for a comprehensive list of local, state, and federal resources available to businesses during the pandemic.

As we move through this reopening process, it is important to remember that we all share in the responsibility to fight COVID-19.  Reopening more of our businesses will require continued success in combating the spread of the virus.  Keep practicing social distancing, limit what you touch, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and wear a face covering in public.

For more information on the City of Orange’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the Reopening Plan for Businesses and Operations and our new Small Business Assistance Program, visit

Click here for the Orange County Press Release 

County of Orange moves into Stage Two Press Release

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