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Masks are no longer mandatory

WEARING face coverings public in Orange County is no longer required (Shutterstock).

The masks are off.  At least from a mandatory standpoint.

On Thursday, Dr. Clayton Chau, the new Orange County Health Care Agency rescinded an earlier order that residents were required to wear a face covering public, replacing it with a “highly recommended” order.

Requiring the masks sparked considerable dissent, and the backlash may have contributed to the unexpected resignation of Dr. Nicole Quick from the OCHCA top job.  Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said his deputies would not enforce Quick’s order.

“I want to be clear,” said Dr. Chau. “This does not diminish the importance of face coverings. I stand with public health experts and believe wearing cloth face coverings helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The change in policy comes as many businesses and other public places are undergoing “re-opening.” There has been in recent days a sharp increase in reported coronavirus cases and deaths, although the cause is not clear and the trend is only a few days old.

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THIS car hit a tree and a curb. The driver was arrested for DUI in the wake of the crash on Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim (APD photo).

Motorist arrested for DUI after crash

A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Anaheim for driving under the influence when his car struck a tree and a curb.

According to the Anaheim Police Department, the one-car crash took place in the 700 block of North Harbor Boulevard. The motorist has his child in the right front passenger seat at the time.

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Re-openings in OC are set for Friday

A variety of public and private enterprises are scheduled to re-open on Friday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Principal among them will be:

  • campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks and outdoor recreation
  • cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and race tracks
  • family entertainment centers, including bowling operations
  • fitness facilities
  • museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • restaurants, bars and wineries
  • hotels.

The re-opening must be accompanied by the use of social distancing, frequent sanitization and the wearing of masks by employees.

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  1. Dr Quick resigned because she was threatened, apparently because some people do not want to wear masks to protect others. There are many–many–asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Let’s be clear about what this means: you may not feel sick but the virus passes to someone who could DIE from it. Please understand that this is not a conspiracy. This is a pandemic. It’s real. Wear a mask and stay at home as much as you can. OC infections are still around 200/day. That is way too many.

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