IV. OC Health Officer Orders & Recommendations FAQs

IV. OC Health Officer Orders & Recommendations FAQs

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As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More Information: Read Safely Reopening California at: https://covid19.ca.gov/safely-reopening/

After June 15, 2021, businesses and employees must conform to the Governor’s Beyond the Blueprint Guidance regarding the business sector. The rules are spelled out on the following webpages:

Beyond the Blueprint Guidance:

Employees and Workplaces:

CalOSHA Guidance by Industry: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Guidance-by-Industry.html

All county residents and visitors who are providers for congregate settings, health care providers, or emergency responders in Orange County must obtain the seasonal flu vaccination unless a medical or religious exemption applies. See the U.S. Department of Labor’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act Q&A (Questions 56 and 57, respectively, available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions for definitions of health care provider and emergency responder.

However, this order does not create an obligation, on the part of employers, public or private, to require employees obtain the seasonal flu vaccination as a term or condition of employment.

All County residents unless a medical or religious exemption applies.

No, businesses and sectors are not required to submit an individual re-opening plan or any other document to OC Health Care Agency for review or approval.

Please go to the following website and enter Orange County in the first field and the name of the category of your sector (e.g. restaurant, museum, etc.) in the second field and see if you may open in Orange County.


A cloth face-covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth; it can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face; it can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen; and a face-covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

California’s Department of Public Health has updated statewide masking guidance to match the CDC’s guidance, lifting California’s mask requirements for vaccinated individuals starting on June 15. Vaccinated people are able to come together without masks in most circumstances.

People who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask indoors in public settings to protect themselves and others. Also, there are some settings where masking is still required for everyone, such as:

Public transit
Long-term care facilities
Homeless shelters
Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings See CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings to learn where masks are recommended or may be required. This may be found at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx

For business and industry guidance on the wearing of face masks, go to: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Guidance-by-Industry.html

Please call the OC Health Care Agency’s COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000 or email ETeam@ochca.com. Community members with questions or concerns about businesses operating in non-compliance may contact their local law enforcement’s non-emergency line.

It requires all county residents and visitors who know that they have been in close contact (as defined in the Order) with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 to quarantine themselves for 10 days.

Starting on Day 11 through Day 14, you must use paper surgical face mask or respirator at all times during work and continue to use face coverings when outside the home. You must also self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms through Day 14 and if symptoms occur, immediately self-isolate and contact the OC Health Care Agency or your healthcare provider and seek testing. You must also adhere strictly to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, through Day 14 after last exposure.

The following persons must quarantine themselves for 14 days:

  • All persons who reside (i) in a high-risk congregate living setting (e.g. skilled nursing facilities, prisons, jails, shelters) or (ii) with severely immunosuppressed persons (e.g. bone marrow or solid organ transplants, chemotherapy).
  • Absent workplace staffing shortage, all persons who work (i) in a high-risk congregate living setting (e.g. skilled nursing facilities, prisons, jails, shelters) or (ii) with severely immunosuppressed persons (e.g. bone marrow or solid organ transplants, chemotherapy).

You cannot leave your place of quarantine except to receive necessary medical care or to obtain such other goods or services necessary for their basic subsistence.

The following categories of persons are not subject to the quarantine order:

  • Health care providers and emergency responders, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act Q&A (see Questions 56 and 57, respectively, available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions).
  • Social workers in residential assisted living facilities.

All those facilities wherein a resident and/or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 must cancel these activities within 24 hours.

The facility may resume these activities only after the facility has completed two consecutive rounds of COVID-19 tests for all residents and employees that are at least 7 days apart and the tests have all returned negative.

The order will end when County’s COVID-19 transmission rate drops below 8 cases/100,000 persons.