Statement of Supervisors Michelle Steel and Don Wagner Supporting Nomads Cantina

Over the weekend, media reports stated that Orange County’s Health Care Agency contacted the owner of Nomads Cantina in San Clemente regarding the restaurant’s efforts at reopening. HCA threatened the owner with permit suspension, in complete contradiction to the Board of Supervisors’ Guidelines passed unanimously last week. We have worked with HCA leadership about this unfortunate unilateral department action. We understand that HCA will be promptly rescinding all threats and will take no enforcement action against Nomads as long as it continues to comply with Orange County’s Guidelines. Further enforcement action pursuant to state or local orders will be up to the appropriate state or local law enforcement officials.