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Guest Column

Steve Rosansky

Businesses keeping people safe

Guest Column Steve Rosansky

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Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Steve Rosansky

With the recent approval by the California Department of Public Health to allow Orange County businesses and restaurants to be able to reopen, the Orange County Health Care Agency (the “OCHCA”) has issued a strong series of Orders for businesses to follow if they want to reopen their doors to the public.  Their main purpose is to keep the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to the low levels we currently experience. 

The OCHCA has ordered that Orange County businesses shall attest on a written document posted at their entrance that they have done the following:

–Found the guidance that is most relevant to their respective industries on the State website.

–Performed a detailed risk assessment and implemented a site-specific protection plan.

–Trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.

–Implemented individual control measures and screenings.

–Implemented disinfecting protocols.

–Implemented physical distancing guidelines. 

In addition, the OCHCA has ordered that all Orange County residents and visitors must wear a cloth face covering when 1) in a public place, 2) visiting a retail, commercial, or other place of business, or 3) at work when the person is not able to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family member or a member of their household.

We can all play a part in making sure that we do not spread this killer in our community. By following some simple rules including social distancing, wearing a mask in public to protect yourself and those around you, and hand washing regularly, we can keep the transmission levels low and ensure maximum safety while still re-engaging with local businesses and our friends and family.

I encourage all businesses and places of work to study the guidelines and implement them. I also encourage everyone else to support those businesses that follow the rules and create a safe environment for you and your family, neighbors and friends.

Steven Rosansky is the President & CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.