It looks like everyone can go out to eat again in Orange County, ending more than two months of curbside and to-go only dining options, thanks to Orange County’s plan to accelerate business into Stage 2 of its reopening plans, as originally reported by Irvine Weekly

Orange County has received state approval as of Saturday, May 23, to move into Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap, according to a newsletter sent by Orange County CEO, Frank Kim. 

In doing so, Orange County joins a long list of cities across the state that have met state reopening requirements, that will allow more “in-establishment” dining.

As part of the requirements in Stage 2, the county of Orange will be allowed to have the following businesses reopen with adaptations:

  • In-person dining reservations
  • Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices (when telework not possible)
  • Outdoor Museums
  • Limited Services

“The county of Orange has met the state’s latest metrics to remove its restrictions on the re-opening of more businesses,” said O.C. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District. “Orange County issued guidelines for businesses to operate three weeks ago. With this attestation, it is our goal to ensure all Orange County businesses have the confidence to open as safely and as soon as possible without concerns about the state order.”

In fact, Dana Point harbor restaurants hosted indoor dining at The Brig, located inside Dana Point harbor shopping center. Patrons were allowed inside the dining area, as well as the patio. Food was also served on plates, versus to-go boxes. 

“While we understand that many businesses want to re-open quickly, we must ensure that it’s done in a safe manner,” said Vice Chairman Andrew Do, First District Supervisor. “Having the proper guidance documentation and safety precautions are important to ensure that Orange County can continue on its path to more fully open all sectors of our economy.”

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