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Governor Approves Orange County’s Plan to Accelerate Phase 2 Business Reopenings
Orange County’s plan to accelerate Phase 2 business reopening was approved today, clearing a path for Newport Beach’s restaurants to offer modified dine-in service and destination retail to allow customers in stores, if the appropriate health and safety measures are in place.
The County of Orange submitted a variance request late Thursday, demonstrating evidence that the State health criteria for reopening certain business categories had been met.
The Governor’s office approved the plan Saturday, which allows for the reopening (with social-distancing modifications) of dine-in restaurants and destination retail (including shopping malls and swap meets). Earlier Phase 2 openings included office-based businesses, outdoor museums and open gallery spaces, car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities and landscaping services.The City recommends that businesses review all guidance from the State and County health care agencies, including, specifically, the California Department of Public Health’s website discussing the following:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
- Implement individual control measures and screenings
- Implement disinfecting protocols
- Implement physical distancing guidelines
To help its businesses reopen quickly and in accordance with State health and safety reopening guidelines, the Newport Beach City Council will meet on Tuesday, May 26, to consider an emergency ordinance that, if approved, will streamline permitting and approvals for the necessary physical improvements. This emergency ordinance would specifically address outdoor dining and retail as well.
The proposed “Back to Business Newport Beach” program was developed to enable businesses to quickly obtain temporary use permits for modifications such as providing safe space for curbside pickup, offering take-out windows, expanding operations outdoors, and more.
Detailed information for specific industries can be found on Orange County’s web site here: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. For additional information from the Orange County Public Health Agency: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/article/oc-health-officers-orders-recommendations. For the State’s “Resilience Roadmap” to reopening businesses, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/#top
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected globally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The City of Newport Beach is working with federal, state, and local partners including the CDC, the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will share more as we are updated from our colleagues at the local, state and/or federal level.
- The Governor of California enacted an Executive Order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs
- It is imperative for everyone to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others when performing essential need activities outside of your homes.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to limit spreading the infection.
- For more information, please visit the following websites: