Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved safety and health guidelines for business owners as the state readies a phased approach to lifting its stay-at-home order.

Board of Supervisors guidelines direct employers to, among other things, enforce social distancing, provide personal protective equipment and check employee temperatures before their shift start times.

The guidelines follow Governor Gavin Newsom’s four-stage approach to slowly lifting the stay-at-home order enacted statewide March 19.

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Phase one involves bolstering testing, PPE supplies and individual industry safety guidelines as more employees return to work.

Stage two will see the reopening of “lower risk workplaces" including curbside pick-up at retail locations, some manufacturing, offices where working from home isn’t possible and public spaces.

Stage three involves the reopening of salons, gyms, entertainment venues with no in-person audiences and religious services.

The final stage of the stay-at-home lift allows for concerts, convention centers and sporting events with live audiences.

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