On April 15, 2020, the Aliso Viejo City Council directed the City Manager to issue an Executive Order regarding the use of non-medical face coverings, effective immediately, in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Face coverings are to be used in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for other preventative measures, such as staying at home, practicing social distancing, and frequent handwashing.
The Order indicates that:
- All employers of essential businesses within the City that employ four or more employees whose duties require them to come into contact with members of the public shall require their employees to wear face coverings, such as those outlined in the CDC, CDPH and Orange County Health Officer guidance. These non-medical face coverings should generally be made of multiple layers of cloth that cover the nose and mouth and are secured with ties or ear loops.
- All business owners and operators of essential businesses within the City that require employees to come into close contact with the public are strongly encouraged to require their customers to wear face coverings when visiting the place of business.
- All business owners and operators of grocery stores and big box retail stores that sell groceries to the public are strongly encouraged to establish and publicly announce dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens aged 60 and older along with other at-risk residents, such as those with physical disabilities, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems, who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible.
Beginning April 20, non-compliance can be reported to Code Enforcement.
This Order has been set in place in the interest of the health and safety of the residents and workers in our community. The City will continue to evaluate the situation and may revise these measures as needed. We understand that some of these measures may be an inconvenience and we thank you for your cooperation during this time. The health and safety of the community is our first priority, and the City will continue to communicate the latest information and details as they emerge. As new information becomes available, updates will be provided on the City’s website.
For additional information on COVID-19, please visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website and the California Department of Public Health website.