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Orange County Expected to Enter State’s Stay-At-Home Order


With the continued surge of coronavirus cases, Orange County will enter Governor Gavin Newsom’s three-week stay-at-home order at 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 6, resulting in the temporary closure of bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons and barber shops. 

The Regional Stay-Home-Order will go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU availability, which includes Orange County. The County has reportedly dropped to 13.1%. The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. It also includes temporarily closing indoor and outdoor playgrounds; indoor recreational facilities; museums, zoos, and aquariums; movie theaters; and family entertainment centers.  

The order comes as hospitalizations throughout the state has increased by 86 percent over the last two weeks.  

Sectors that will remain open include schools that have received a waiver, critical infrastructure, retail (20% capacity to reduce exposure) and restaurants for take-out, pick-up and delivery. Other sectors have modified orders, which are detailed at this link.  

The City of Mission Viejo will provide a status of City facilities and how this order impacts our community early next week.


Submitted by Steve Sipe on Sat, 12/05/2020 - 10:17 am


I believe our City Council should support our local businesses in continuing their operations. These arbitrary and irrational shutdowns by this governor are destroying lives and livelihoods, and this insanity has to stop. How much more of his power play will we continue to endure?

Submitted by Cathy Schlicht on Mon, 12/07/2020 - 10:15 am


The cure cannot be more harmful than the cause. Where is the science to justify additional lockdowns?

If the first lockdown worked, why the need for a second lockdown?

If the first lockdown did not work, why the need for a second lockdown?

What has this council done to support our local business community? Instead of cancelling council meetings, this council should be holding meetings on how the $3.5 million surplus could possibly be used to create a small business loan program.

As an example, I shared this pro-active program with members of our City Council on May 6, 2020:

The Carlsbad City Council has approved a $5 million economic revitalization package to help businesses affected by COVID-19. The majority of the funding, $4.4 million, is for micro loans and small business recovery loans directly to Carlsbad small businesses.

To qualify for the loans, businesses must hold a valid City of Carlsbad business license as of April 1, 2020, and be in good standing with the city. Applicants who have already applied for federal assistance may not use city loan money for costs covered by the federal assistance. Loans should be used for operational expenses such as rent, payroll, mortgage interest and utilities.

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