CA Dept of Public Health Updated Guidance

The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings starting on June 18, 2020. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

The face covering guidance mandates the use of face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions. 

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the presence of individuals who are not apart of their household. Some examples of these situations include:

Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; 

In any room or enclosed area where other people are present and are unable to socially distance;

While outdoors in public spaces when social distancing is not feasible;

Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site when interacting with any member of the public;

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering: 

Children aged two and under; 

Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering; 

Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; 

Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking;

Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others; 

More information about the State’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page

Additionally, as the County of Orange moves deeper into Stage Two of the  Governor Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap, higher-risk workplaces in the expanded personal services sector are allowed to reopen with modifications in Orange County such as nail salons, waxing studios and tattoo parlors.

The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) encourages business owners and operators review the State’s industry reopening guidance and do the following:

Find the guidance that is most relevant to their respective industries.

Prepare a plan after reading.

Put the plan put it into action. 

Once completed, post the industry-specific checklist in their workplaces.

See the list of businesses that are currently allowed to reopen in Orange County with modifications according to the State’s guidance:

Personal services such as nail salons, waxing studios and tattoo parlors

Movie theaters and family entertainment centers

Restaurants, wineries and bars

Zoos and museums

Gyms and fitness centers

Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)

Card rooms and racetracks

Campgrounds and outdoor recreation

Public and HOA swimming pools


Restaurant takeout, delivery, and dine-in

Office-based businesses; telework remains strongly encouraged

Outdoor museums


Shopping malls, strip malls

Logistics and manufacturing

Hair salons

Church services, funerals, cultural services, and protests.

You may also see the entire list of Statewide industry guidance here. If you have additional questions on business reopenings or any COVID-19 related questions, please call the Orange County Health Care Agency’s new COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000.

For more information on the best practices for reopening your business, sign up for an online webinar presented by HCA and the Orange County Business Council on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. For information and to register visit:

Doug Chaffee Supervisor, Orange County Board of Supervisors, June 20, 2020, Press Release

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