INDOOR OPERATIONS PROHIBITED FOR RESTAURANTS
Governor Newsom held a press conference today at noon to announce that the State was imposing an “emergency brake” in the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a result of the largest single week increase in positive cases during this pandemic. The Governor’s press conference is available from the “California Governor” Facebook page and other media sources.
What does this mean?
It means that Orange County is now one of 41 counties in California to be in the most restrictive Purple Tier. For restaurants, that means that Restaurants can only operate outdoors with modifications. Please see https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
for more information on the operational restrictions. The Governor also announced that the State Health Officer will issue further information throughout the week regarding business activities. You may monitor the County and the State’s websites at www.ochealthinfo.com
Each county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving to a less restrictive tier. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. In addition, if a county’s case rate and positivity rate fall into different tiers, the county remains in the stricter tier.
Restaurants in Fullerton:
If you do not yet have an outdoor dining permit, please go to www.cityoffullerton.com/outdoordining
for information and a permit application. The City Council has extended the program until April 1, 2021 at this time. In this effort, and as we now enter colder weather with rain, please see the attached flyer from the Fullerton Fire Department which provides information from the Orange County Fire Marshals who have concluded that due to increased outdoor dining during the pandemic, electric infrared heaters are permitted (please see attached flyer for more information). To help our restaurants continue to provide outdoor dining opportunities, the City is reviewing our options for financial assistance to assist restaurants in this effort. The assistance would be for outdoor dining permit holders in good standing.