Webinar: “Are You Ready to ReOpen?” – Restaurant Industry – May 29, 2020

OCBC co-hosted the second of three “Are You Ready to ReOpen?” webinars for dine-in restaurants with the OC Health Care Agency on May 29. Moderated by OCBC President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, the webinar featured a discussion on the recent Health Order and guidelines for dine-in restaurants with OCHCA Director, Dr. Clayton Chau, and Director of Environmental Heatlh Services, Christine Lane.

Latest County Orders

Dr. Chau began by sharing the latest happenings at the County level, including the County being approved to move to Stage 2 of the CA Resiliency Roadmap on May 23. In Stage 2, the following businesses are allowed to re-open with adaptations and must follow the state guidance:

  • In-person dining at restaurants
  • Shopping malls, shopping centers and swap meets
  • In-store retail shopping with social distancing
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices (when telework is not possible) 
  • Outdoor museums
  • Limited services 

Essential businesses and services such as banks, hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, and government agencies were already allowed to operate. 

The list of businesses not yet allowed to reopen include:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor museums, kids museums, gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports,
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel
  • Higher Education


State & County Industry Guidance for Restaurants

The State and County have released the following industry guidelines for dine-in restaurants: 

State’s Restaurant Dine-In Guidance 


Email: [email protected].

State’s Restaurant Dine-In Checklist


Orange County Restaurant Guidance 


Call: (714 433-6000)


Self-Attestation for Businesses

Before businesses who meet the Stage 2 criteria can take the step to reopen, the OC Health Care Agency ordered that all businesses must complete the following checklist of items, and post a self-attestation of completion at the entrance of their business:

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan. 
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them. 
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings. 
  • Implement disinfecting protocols. 
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines. 

OCBC’s ReOpen OC Safely website also includes a list of all state, county and industry guidelines for businesses to reopen in compliance with orders.

Dr. Chau clarified that businesses must post the self-attestation before reopening their doors, even though the order is not actively being enforced at this time.


Cloth Face Coverings in Public Spaces

In addition to this order for businesses, the County Health Order also included a requirement that all OC residents and visitors wear a cloth face-covering when (i) in a public place; (ii) visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business; or (iii) at work, and when the resident or visitor is not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or live in the same living unit. Exceptions in the full order. Read the full order here.

On why the public should wear a face mask, Dr. Chau explained, “Face masks are not about protecting yourself, but protecting the community.”

He also advised for businesses to think about the liability for employees and other customers – and talk to their legal counsel – regarding letting customers in the door without a face mask on.

Dr. Chau advised those with chronic conditions or over the age of 65 to stay home whenever they are not needed to be out and about.


Other Considerations

Dr. Chau also explained the state’s recommendations – not requirements – on the following, and that a business should seek legal counsel before implementing these suggestions: 

  • Requiring employees to self-screen for COVID-19 before returning to work
  • Temperature checks for employees
  • Screening employees and customers


For more information, please visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/guidelines.

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