Businesses to Expand Capacity and Bars Can Reopen Outdoors Wednesday With Modifications!
Orange County Moves Into Less-Restrictive "Orange" Reopening Tier Effective Wednesday, March 31
Today, the California Department of Health announced that Orange County may move into Orange Tier of the State's new reopening guidelines on Wednesday, March 31 - meaning restaurants, gyms, churches, museums, and movie theatres may now increase indoor capacity.
Bars that do not serve meals may also reopen outdoors with modifications for the first time!
Indoor shopping malls and shopping centers may open at full capacity under Orange Tier, with indoor food courts operating at 50% capacity.
All other retailers may also increase to full capacity indoors!
What Changes on Wednesday?
- Indoor dining: open at 50% capacity
- Bars that do not serve food: open outdoors with modifications
- Movie theaters: open at 50% capacity
- Family entertainment centers: activities like bowling alleys and escape rooms open indoors at 25% capacity
- Museums: open indoors at 50% capacity
- Gyms, yoga studios: open indoors at 25% capacity
- Retail stores: indoor capacity increases to full capacity
- Malls: indoor capacity increases to full capacity
Orange Tier Reopening Guidelines for Indoor Dining at Restaurants
- Indoor operations may reopen at 50% of the occupancy of the restaurant, or 200 persons, whichever is lower.
- Physical distancing and hygiene measures are still applicable, so patrons must be seated far enough apart to maintain physical distancing; this may mean a business is not able to accommodate 50% occupancy indoors.
- For indoor performances, performers must wear face coverings and observe modifications consistent with the indoor performance guidelines for restaurants in Orange Tier.
- Bars that do not serve meals may reopen outdoors with modifications.
- Breweries/ Wineries/Distilleries may open indoors with maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Bars that Do Not Serve Meals May Reopen Outdoors Wednesday With Modifications!
Beginning on Wednesday, March 31 bars that do not serve meals may reopen outdoors only with modifications.
Outdoor operations are permitted but must follow the modifications in this guidance. Indoor operations are not permitted.
Breweries, wineries and distilleries that provide meals should continue to follow the restaurant guidance.
How to Reopen Your Business or Facility Safely
Guidance Assistance from Laguna Beach Police Captain Rachel Johnson
If your business is among those allowed to expand indoor operations under Orange Tier, first, follow the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening to help plan and prepare for reopening your business.
All Laguna Beach businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening indoors:
- Find the specific State guidance for your industry, business, event, or activity and review it completely.
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
- Set up individual control measures and screenings.
- Put disinfection protocols in place.
- Establish physical distancing guidelines.
- Establish universal face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions). See CDPH guidelines (PDF).
- Post your completed checklist in your place of business so everyone can know the steps you’ve taken. Feel free to add more safety measures to the ones included in your industry’s guidance.
If you have a business and have questions about the reopening guidelines, please call Capt. Rachel Johnson at (949) 497-0345 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org