The Orange County Board of Supervisors Approve Guidelines to Reopen Businesses – What it Means for Chapman

On Tuesday, April 28, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt guidelines designed to help businesses in Orange County begin to reopen. These guidelines will act as a model for Orange County to safely transition back to normal activity.

Also on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a four-phase plan to gradually reopen schools and businesses throughout California. According to the Board of Supervisors, their recommendations do not override the state’s plan or the recommendations of the Orange County Healthcare Authority and will only be implemented once Governor Newsom approves the next phase of his plan. 

To clarify what these decisions mean for Chapman University, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Brian Powell issued the following statement:

“We respect the OC Board of Supervisors’ vote and see it as an optimistic signal that the curve is flattening.  We also point out that the board itself said its decision to reopen is superseded by the advice of county and state health officials.  The shelter-at-home order remains in effect.  At this time, nothing has changed at Chapman. We are still limiting campus activity to essential employees, and we will continue to leverage expansive telecommuting and remote work operations.  In addition, summer courses will start remotely. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is laying the groundwork so businesses know how to operate when Governor Newsom and health officials determine it is safe to do so.”

As changes are announced, details will be posted on the Coronavirus Website and shared widely with the Chapman community.


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Michelle Anguka

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