Orange County Meets State’s Latest Metrics to Remove Restrictions on the Opening of More Businesses

Today, Orange County has met the State’s latest metrics to remove its restrictions on the opening of more businesses. Orange County businesses now have the confidence to open safely and as soon as possible. Under these new relaxations, dine-in services can resume at restaurants and businesses can open their storefronts while enforcing social distancing.

“I have been adamant in recent weeks about lifting these restrictions on our business community. Our local businesses are hurting from these closures from the state,” said Michelle Steel. “While Orange County businesses have had the ability to safely open under the County’s business guidelines from three weeks ago, there understandably has been some confusion, as messaging from state, county and city governments have been different.”

With the approval of this variance attestation from the state, this further clarifies to Orange County business owners that have been hesitant about opening their doors can do so without concern of reprisal from the state.

“I am happy to know that we can continue moving forward in getting Orange County back to a state of normalcy. The wellbeing of our businesses, their employees and the families that rely on them are of the utmost importance,” Chairwoman Steel added. “I have said this before and I will say it again: every business is essential to the families and workers that rely on them to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. I continue to stand with Orange County businesses and workers as we work to transition our county back to business as usual.”


First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.