Orange County

Business restrictions lifted, but ….

RESTRICTIONS on most businesses in Orange County have been lifted by the state, but there’s a new county order requiring wearing a face covering when in public (Shutterstock).

Keep your masks but make your dinner reservations.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday that Orange County has met the requirements for easing some of the restrictions on business, but on the same day the county health officer issued a new order requiring all people to wear face coverings in public.

The way is cleared for inside dining and mall shopping as long as such establishments conform to rules for the curbing of coronavirus, including social distancing, frequent disinfections and training of employees about anti-COVID-19 measures.

As for the masks, Dr. Nicole Quick, county health officer, issued an order that reads, in part:

“All Orange County residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face-covering when (i) in a public place; (ii) visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business; or (iii) at work, and when the resident or visitor is not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or live in the same living unit.”

Additionally, the county order requires the self-isolation of persons with coronavirus for at least 72 hours after they have recovered and self-quarantine for those in close contact with COVID-19 sufferers for 14 days.

It’s not clear how the county rule on the wearing of masks interacts with the opening of in-restaurant dining.

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