OC Leaders Set Guidelines to Safely Reopen Business When Time Arrives
Saturday, May 02, 2020
Taking the temperature of employees arriving for work and making sure face masks are widely worn are among guidelines Orange County Supervisors approved April 28, for safely reopening businesses once state closure orders are rescinded.
Over the past couple weeks, board Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Supervisor Don Wagner conferred with a handful of representatives of industries, including restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, and healthcare providers, to draw up a list of seven rules that businesses will be expected to follow upon reopening to protect the health of employees, customers, vendors, and the general public.
Some are in line with guidance the county public health officer has already issued, and that some cities have mandated, such as keeping physical distance between everyone who enters a business, including coworkers and customers; having workers who deal with the public wash hands frequently and wear a face covering; and cleaning or eliminating often-touched surfaces.
Others are new or are being put in writing for the first time, including taking employees’ temperatures before they start work and barring anyone with a reading above 100.4 degrees; and encouraging people over 65 or with existing health conditions to stay home even after general stay-home orders are lifted.
Neither county nor state officials have given a date to reopen businesses, though they said progress has been made in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus and rules could be loosened soon.
“We do recognize there is some ambiguity, intentional or otherwise, in the governor’s orders,” Wagner said. He and Steel were trying to provide some clarity for Orange County business owners, but “you still must satisfy state law.”