No April Fool: OC Hits the ORANGE Tier Today! Also, New Vax SuperPOD at the Fairgrounds!




Even the Huntington Beach Pier is coming up orange today, no thanks to the town’s many anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers.

From our bumbling friends who run this County:

Santa Ana, Calif. (March 30, 2021) – Today the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that effective Wednesday, March 31, Orange County (OC) will move into the Orange [MODERATE] Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy after having successfully achieved Orange Tier metrics for two weeks.

As a result, many local businesses and activities in OC will either be allowed to expand capacity or resume operations. Please visit the State’s website, enter Orange in the County field and business or activity of interest in the Activity field and click the Get Latest Risk Levels button to view its status under the Orange Tier.

As an additional resource, residents may click HERE for the activities and businesses that are permitted under each Tier by the State. 

Never Mind – the OJ Blog will do that ourselves

1) We wanna know too, and 2) it’s what we do!

  • No more 50% maximum capacity at Retail or Shopping Centers, although they’re still opened “with modifications.”
  • Museums, Zoos, Aquariums & Other “Places of Worship”: Up from 25% capacity to 50%!
  • Movie Theaters and Restaurants up from 25% / 100 whichever’s smaller TO 50% / 200 peeps whichever’s smaller!
  • Indoor Pools now okay at Hotels & Lodgings, and Gyms & Fitness Centers – the latter of which are now 25% max.
  • Wineries & Distilleries now 50% or 200 people whichever’s smaller.  (Really, we have wineries that hold 1000 people?)
  • BARS now open OUTDOORS with “modifications.”
  • “Family Entertainment Centers” now open indoors for naturally distanced social activities, 25% capacity, NOW WITH BOWLING ALLEYS!
  • Cardrooms & Satellite Wagering now open indoors up to 25%, with modifications.
  • Offices now open indoors with modification (but telework encouraged)
  • Outdoor Live Events w/ assigned seating and controlled mixing – now Max 33%, includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite, Weekly worker testing program, In-state visitors only, check for current CDPH Travel Advisory in effect, Primarily in-seat concessions (no concourse sales), Max 67% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
  • SMALLER AMUSEMENT PARKS (NOT YOU DISNEYLAND!) can open with modifications; Capacity must be limited to 25% or 500 people, whichever is less;  outdoor attractions only can open;  reservations or advanced ticket sales required; Local attendees only (from the same county as the park’s location); weekly worker testing program; With other modifications; In-state visitors only, check for current CDPH;  travel Advisory in effect.

Back to our County overlords:

Continued adherence to non-medical public health mitigation measures such as wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing hands frequently with soap and water, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and practicing physical distancing from those outside your household will help limit the impact of variants circulating in Southern California, particularly as more indoor activities open and expand operations.

Residents who have not yet received a vaccination against COVID-19 are encouraged to register at to be placed in the virtual waiting room and notified when it is their turn to schedule an appointment. For the latest eligibility guidelines, please CLICK HERE. Those needing assistance with Othena may call the County of Orange’s COVID-19 Hotline 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (714) 834-2000.

Additional information and resources:



New Vaccine SuperPOD at OC Fairgrounds!

WHEN:   Wednesday, March 31, 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  OC Fair & Event Center
……………….88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
……………….Enter Gate 8 off Arlington Drive – entrance marked on map below.

  • Supervisor Katrina Foley, Second District, Orange County Board of Supervisors;
  • Chairman Andrew Do, First District, Orange County Board of Supervisors;
  • Vice Chairman Doug Chaffee, Fourth District, Orange County Board of Supervisors;
  • Dr. Clayton Chau, County Health Officer & Orange County Health Care Agency Director

WHAT:  Opening of vaccine Super POD in a new area with variety of hours and access as eligibility opens up to the larger population. Following the press conference, representatives from the Orange County Fire Authority Incident Management Team, Orange County Health Agency, County of Orange, State, Federal, Travel Costa Mesa, Orange County Fairgrounds, and the City of Costa Mesa will be available for questions and answers. Press conference will be streamed live on

PARKING:                    Parking Lot I
Enter Gate 8 off of Arlington Drive – entrance marked on map below

**Please RSVP to** Media Contacts: Molly Nichelson County of Orange Cell: (714) 788-8060 Dane Bora City of Costa Mesa Cell: (714) 754-5098  


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