County Board of Supervisors Mandates Face Coverings for Some Essential Workers
Earlier this week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a mandate requiring face coverings for workers in grocery stores and food preparation businesses. Effective today, the mandate requires that all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery stores, pharmacy convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, food preparation, and retail stores wear facial coverings at their places of work.
County Issues Modifications to Allow the Opening of
The OC Board of Supervisors issued operating guidance for golf courses so that they may reopen to the public, while maintaining health and safety. View the County’s guidance document here. In response, Birch Hills and Brea Creek golf courses have reopened to the public. Both courses are taking additional measures to ensure player safety and the use of golf course accessories have been modified.
Mayor Simonoff’s Updates the Community
Last week, Mayor Marty Simonoff provided a community update regarding COVID-19. He spoke about the latest updates from the County and State, provided tips and reminders for residents. He also thanked the community for their cooperation and encouraged their continued compliance to orders in place to stop the spread of virus. View the video message here.
Brea Shows Appreciation of Healthcare Workers
Showing gratitude is vital during these challenging times. Recently, the Brea and Fullerton Fire and Police Departments joined together to show their appreciation for healthcare workers at St. Jude Hospital. The first responders applauded and thanked our local medical professionals for their continued dedication and service in assisting those affected by the pandemic.
Brea Olinda Unified School District Extends
On April 16, the Brea Olinda School Board of Education extended its distance learning protocol through the remainder of the school year. This extension is in effect for all BOUSD schools through June 4.
Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 Response
Throughout the week, Governor Newsom announced several new programs and issued new executive orders. Most private student loan services have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers. He also signed an executive order to stop debt collectors from garnishing COVID-19-related financial assistance. The full order can be viewed here. In addition, the Governor is also addressing granting a 60-day extension for customers on several DMV deadlines and allowing changes to requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be satisfied through electronic means to allow public access and involvement. An executive order will also temporarily allow retailers, particularly grocery stores, to provide bags to consumers without charge, and to pause redemption of beverage containers in-store to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. That full order can be found by clicking here. And lastly, if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, Governor Newsom announced the #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities. The full press release can be found here.
Today President Trump signed into law a $484 billion coronavirus relief package to provide some aid to small businesses and the healthcare system. The bill includes funding for the small-business-lending program and also includes plans to scale up testing.