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05/08/20 Governor Newsom Releases Updated Industry Guidance 

Please read this important media release from California Governor Gavin Newsom on Updated Industry Guidance for Re-Opening the Economy.

Media Release page 1   page 2  page 3

 Click here for website.

04/29/20 State of California 

In a press conference on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom laid out, in 4 stages, the roadmap to the State’s lifting of the "stay at home" order that is currently in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are currently in Stage 1, the roadmap outlines the actions that will be necessary by individual citizens, businesses, and the government in order to meet the key indicators for movement to Stage 2.  These included stabilization of hospitalization trends, sufficient supply and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, testing, and contact tracing capacity throughout the state.

Once the conditions are met, the transition to Stage 2 will occur through a statewide modification to the Stay-At-Home Order. The Governor indicated he expected we will be able to transition to Stage 2 in the next few weeks, if not sooner.

Remember, we are all in this together.  Maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, stay "safer at home" unless you are an essential worker.

To read Governor Newsom’s complete presentation, click here.

04/24/20 State of California Mortgage Relief Agreements 

If you are having problems paying your mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for some relief.  Federally-backed loans are eligible for a two or six-month suspension through the Federal Housing Agency.  The State of California has also obtained similar relief agreements from 200 mortgage lenders.

The State has set-up a website with all of the details, help you find out if your lender is participating in this program, and how to apply for mortgage relief if they are.  Visit https://dbo.ca.gov/covid19-updates-fi/

04/23/20 Media Release from Governor Gavin Newsom

Please read this important media release from the State of California on several Executive Orders issued by Governor Newsom in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can find the text of the Executive Order at www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/N-54-20-COVID-19-4.22.20.pdf

04/14/2020 Media Release from Governor Gavin Newsom

Please read this important media release from Gov. Newsom on the Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions:

To view the entire roadmap outlined by Gov. Newsom, visit www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/California-Roadmap-to-Modify-the-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

04/12/2020 Executive Order for Childcare For Essential Workers 

A recent Executive Order by California Governor Gavin Newson allows for essential works to access state-subsidized childcare and preschool programs while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, go to www.chs-ca.org/child-care-payment-program

03/30/2020 Statewide Moratorium on Evictions related to COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-37-20 that bans evictions through May 31, 2020 for certain tenants affected by COVID-19. Landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants before that date for nonpayment of rent if tenants meet the following requirements:

·The tenant paid rent as required prior to the date of this Order (March 27, 2020)

·The tenant notifies the landlord in writing within seven days of the rent being due that they must delay some or all of the rent for reasons related to COVID-19, including:

·The tenant was unavailable to work because of illness due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or to care for a family member with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

·The tenant was laid off, lost hours,  or experienced reduced income due to COVID-19

·The tenant missed work to care for a child whose school was closed in response to     COVID-19

·The tenant must retain documentation for the delay of rent payment

The Order does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent. For more information visit www.gov.ca.gov.

03/21/2020    Statewide Mandatory Stay-At-Home Order

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide mandatory stay-at-home order. It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with the directive. We encourage everyone to do their part to stay healthy and keep your social distance. Click here for FAQs.

If you have concerns or questions about compliance with this order, please contact OC Public Health at (714) 628-7085, go to www.COVID19.ca.gov, or the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com.

Please stay home, unless you must leave for essential functions as specified in the order.  Always practice social distancing when you go out.

03/20/2020    New California State Health Directive Issued

On Wednesday evening, March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for all Californians to "stay home" as a means to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19.) The order was effective immediately.  Click here to read the order.

In addition to directing everyone to stay at home, the order also named 16 specific critical infrastructure sectors where people should continue to work, because of the importance these sectors have to the health and well-being of California. These sectors include government and public safety, food manufacturing and distribution, medical services, grocery stores, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, utilities, gas stations, banks, laundry services, and pharmacies.

 The order will remain in place until further notice.

The safety of Orange residents and businesses is our highest priority. Please be assured that the City continues to function, with Police, Fire, Water, and Public Works services operating as normal. Parks are open for necessary use, please practice social distancing. Playgrounds and exercise equipment are closed. Other services such as planning and building, finance, and library are available remotely or via our website at www.cityoforange.org.

The City continues to monitor the state-wide situation, and is in constant communication with county, state and federal authorities. Please check this site for future updates.

Federal Tax Payment Date Changed for 2020

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest.  This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.

For more information visit https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

03/17/20  Guidelines for slowing the spread

President Trump has released advisory guidelines for slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, which you can view by clicking here

Governor Newsom has released his own advisory guidelines for the State of California, which you can view by clicking here.  In summary, the key recommendations include:

•    If you feel sick, stay at home.  Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

•    If your children are sick, keep them home.  Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

•    If you are an older person, or a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at risk, stay home and away from other people.

•    Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people and avoid discretionary travel.

•    Wash your hands frequently.

Each business located in the City of Orange is responsible for deciding how best to comply with these guidelines.

The City of Orange will continue to work with our local health officials, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, to ensure we are following the State’s guidance and maintaining our focus on public safety.

The public should follow our official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityoforange, or continue to check back here for more information as it develops. In addition, the OC Health Care Agency at www.ochealthinfo.com and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  www.cdc.gov provide up-to-date information on prevention measures and changes in state and federal guidelines.    

03/11/2020    Governor Gavin Newsom policy on gatherings

On Wednesday, March 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California Public Health Officials issued an updated policy on gatherings intended to “protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.”   These guidelines call for postponing, canceling, or modifying non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31.  Gatherings of less than 250 people are allowed if the organizers “can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person.”  

It is the determination of the state’s public health experts that these measures are necessary to help stem the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state.  The guidelines do not cover schools, transit facilities, and other operations considered essential.

For the full text of the Governor’s announcement, click here.

For the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Coronavirus information page, click here.