On Tuesday, September 8, the California Department of Public Health certified that Orange County has met the epidemiological criteria to move up to the "Red - Substantial Risk Tier" in the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the framework guiding California’s COVID-19 response. This news means that Orange County’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are working and that more businesses and activities can reopen as early as today with modifications and limited capacity. Notably, the following indoor activities can now resume with modifications and limited capacity:
- Restaurant dining;
- Places of worship;
- Movie Theaters;
- Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons; and
- Schools (in-person instruction, no sooner than September 22).
For more information about Reopening Guidance from the State or to identify the maximum capacity allowed for certain activities in each tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, please visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy and enter "Orange" into the "Enter County" field. For helpful information about Orange County’s new Red Tier status and the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy, please review the County of Orange’s press release (PDF) or visit the City’s latest news article.