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  • Frequently Asked Questions County Health Officer’s Order March 19, 2020

    County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick issued an amended Health Officer’s Order on March 18, 2020 as a mitigation step to help protect the health of Orange County, CA residents in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.

    What does the Order say?

    On March 18, 2020 the County Health Officer issued an amended Emergency Order detailing protective measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including limiting public and private gatherings and encouraging social distancing (maintaining a 6-foot separation from persons other than family members).
    The order also strongly recommends that persons over the age of 65, those who have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, and people with a compromised immune system remain at home.

    The Order requires the closure of restaurant dining rooms (take-out, pick-up, drive through and delivery are okay) and all bars and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food

    Is this a legal order to shelter in place?

    No. Residents and their families can leave their residence or place of business for daily activities, such as to:
    • Buy food, groceries or supplies
    • Obtain medical care
    • Work at a business with social distancing
    • Maintain an essential government function
    • Care for a family member or pet in another household
    • Go for a walk

    Where does this Emergency Order apply?

    This Emergency Order is in effect in all areas of Orange County. If you work in a county that is not implementing similar restrictions and are required to go for work, please practice strong hygiene and social distancing while at work and comply with the order while in Orange County.  Read More