Orange County Requires Employees Who Engage with the Public to Wear Face Coverings

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The County of Orange is requiring Certain Employees at Some Essential Businesses to wear Face Coverings starting Friday April 24 2020.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the directive on Tuesday April 21 2020.

“My directive is in line with face coverings guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on April 1, 2020, and is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by those who are asymptomatic. It is a strong step in the right direction,” said Vice Chairman Do.

Employees Must Comply

Employees must comply with this regulation for the health and safety of all in the community as it is enforceable by law enforcement per Government Code section 8665.

Face Coverings Required For Employees Who May Have Contact With The Public at Essential Businesses Include

Grocery Store
Pharmacy/Drug Store
Convenience Store
Gas Station
Food Preparation Establishment
Retail Store

Residents Are Strongly Encouraged to Wear Face Coverings

County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick continues to strongly encourage residents to wear face coverings while engaged in essential activities outside the home.
“Residents can make their own face coverings at home from a variety of materials and should refrain from purchasing personal protective equipment that is critical and in short supply for our healthcare workers, such as N95 and surgical masks,” said Dr. Quick.

If a city has a more restrictive rule regarding face coverings, the more restrictive rule will apply to their jurisdiction.

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