Acting County Health Officer Approves Re-opening of Specific, Additional Industries and Issues New Order

Santa Ana– On Friday, June 12, 2020, Dr. Clayton Chau, Acting County Health Officer, will approve the re-opening of certain additional industries in Orange County, California, following his review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, and contact tracing and testing.

Examples of Businesses Permitted to Re-open June 12, 2020:

  • Movie theaters and family entertainment centers
  • Restaurants, wineries and bars
  • Zoos and museums
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)
  • Card rooms and racetracks
  • Public and HOA swimming pools

All businesses, industries, and entities listed on the State of California’s website at and at that re-open in Orange County as part of the various Stages of the State’s Resilience Roadmap shall post their corresponding industry-specific checklist at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property.

In addition, on June 11, 2020, the Acting County Health Officer also issued a New Amended Health Officer Order and Strong Recommendations (New Health Order) that apply to all of OC (both incorporated and unincorporated areas) and revise and supersede the May 28, 2020 Amended Health Officer’s Orders and Strong Recommendations (Previous Health Order).

What Has Changed:

The County Health Officer’s previous Order requiring most residents to wear cloth face coverings outside their home when unable to physically distance themselves by at least six feet can now be safely modified to a strong SHOULD instead of a MUST.

“This change ensures the OC Health Care Agency is acting consistently with our partners at the California Department of Public Health and is based on Orange County’s measures against State-mandated COVID-19 metrics. That said, I stand with Public Health experts and believe strongly that face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, Acting County Health Officer and Director of the OC Health Care Agency.

Residents are encouraged to read the Acting Health Officer’s amended Order and strong recommendations (as well as related FAQs) in their entirety by clicking here, as there is greater detail that will help provide necessary clarification.

Individuals with questions about the COVID-19 may call the OC Health Care Agency’s OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email For questions about the enforcement of the Acting Health Officer’s Order or to report businesses in violation, please contact your local law enforcement’s non-emergency line.


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