Governor Newsom Slams California into Reverse Amid COVID Surge; Irvine Poised Better Than Most Cities to Rebound

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Main News Photo

During a press conference on Nov.16, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that 40 counties—including Orange County—are moving backward in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system, rolling back reopening plans statewide. Of California's 58 counties, 41 are now in the state's most restrictive purple tier. The announcement comes after California's coronavirus cases doubled in ten days—the steepest case increase the state has seen yet—prompting officials to consider a number of tighter restrictions, including a curfew. 

Although a painful setback for many, Irvine’s diverse medium and small businesses are doing well, relatively speaking, under lockdown conditions, maintaining economic activity and the foundation allowing a successful return of small business when the time comes.

Additionally, Destination Irvine, the destination marketing division of the Greater Irvine Chamber, is continuing efforts on recovery, booking future meetings at the city’s 22 hotels when state guidelines allow reopening. is a centralized resource for information on Irvine hotels offering discounts, whether for visitors or residents looking for staycations.

The Greater Irvine Chamber supports the city’s restaurants through and by promoting those that offer outdoor dining services, as well as providing information for financial opportunities such as the Grateful Table Dine Out campaign, SafeDineOC Restaurant program, and available outdoor dining grants.

The Destination Irvine team continues to work with planners to alter upcoming sports tournaments to fit county and state guidelines and to bring future meeting and events to the city’s hotels and world-class recreation and sports facilities.

In response to the surge, state health officials have made modifications to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, with some counties moving multiple tiers backward. And while counties previously had 72 hours to implement sector changes, they're now required to make those changes within 24 hours. Irvine businesses are remaining agile and poised for rapid rebound with the help of Greater Irvine Chamber and Destination Irvine.

To learn how the Greater Irvine Chamber supports business and to become a member, visit

Category: Economic News, COVID-19