Open Businesses and City Services

This page was last updated September 8, 2020

Open Local Businesses 

Orange County has moved to the Red Tier (Tier 2) of the State of California's Reopening Tier Guideline Chart and its corresponding capacity limits. Going forward, a county has to remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks (21 days) before being considered to advance to the next tier.


Restaurants may operate under the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor sit-down dining and patio seating is permitted. They must follow the state guidelines for safe operations, including a COVID-19 prevention plan, a risk assessment of all work areas, and training for employees about how to follow the plan. Please consult the State of California’s GuidanceChecklist for Dine-In Restaurants.
  • All dining and outdoor patio seating must be spaced to ensure six-foot physical distancing requirements are met at all times
  • Face coverings must be worn by all patrons at all times when not eating or drinking.
  • Indoor operations are restricted to 25% of the occupancy of the restaurant, or 100 persons, whichever is lower.
  • Restaurants must close every night by 10 p.m.
  • Physical distancing and hygiene measures are still applicable, so patrons must be seated far enough apart to maintain physical distancing; this may mean a business is not able to accommodate 25% occupancy indoors.
  • Bars within restaurants are still closed for dining. The bar can be used by employees for the preparation of beverages, but no patrons can sit at the bar and receive service. This includes seating at sushi bars.
  • Bars/ Breweries/ Distilleries that do not serve meals are still closed.
  • Wineries are allowed to be open for outdoor operations with modifications.

Retail stores may open for in-person shopping as long as they follow the state guidelines for safe operations, including a COVID-19 prevention plan, a risk assessment of all work areas, and training for employees about how to follow the plan. Please consult the State of California’s Guidance and Checklist for Shopping Centers and Destination Shopping.

Personal Care Services such as nail salons and tattoo parlors my open indoors with modifications.


On the Red Tier 2 of the State's new reopening guidelines gymschurchesmuseums, and movie theaters may now resume indoor operations at limited capacity.


Bars and nightclubs remain closed per the state guidelines issued in July 2020.


Open City Functions and Facilities

Beaches — Open. Physical distancing required, face masks recommended.

City Council Meetings — Proceeding with the opportunity for the public to participate from homeClick here for instructions about using Zoom

City Hall — Open to the public.  All persons entering City Hall will receive a health screening upon entry and will wear a mask when meeting with another person. Although we are open for drop-in in-person consultations, we are trying to work via telephone and video meetings whenever possible. Physical distancing must be practiced whenever possible. This video will show you what to expect when you arrive at City Hall. For questions please call (949) 497-0311 during regular business hours.

Committee, Subcommittee, and Board Meetings — Planning Commission and Design Review Board meetings will be conducted in the manner of City Council meetings with the opportunity for the public to participate from home. The Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee and Parking, Transit, and Circulation Committees have resumed meeting via Zoom. All other committee meetings are canceled for the time being. 

Dog Parks — Open. Dog Parks close for wet and muddy conditions and close weekly for maintenance. The Dog Park in Laguna Canyon closes on Wednesdays and the Dog Play Area in Moulton Meadows Park closes on Thursdays.

Fire Road — Open for active recreation.

Parks — All City parks are open, but playgrounds remain closed. Please read the signs. Large gatherings are not permitted at City parks.

Pool — Open for lap swim only, one person per lane, by reservation only.

Street Sweeping Parking Enforcement  In effect.

Tennis and Pickleball Courts — Open for one-on-one play only. No spectators.

Trailheads — All trailheads are open.

Closed City Functions and Facilities

Animal Shelter — Closed to the public, except by appointment. Residents who need to visit the shelter to pick up a recovered pet, schedule the adoption of a pet, or to purchase a dog license, may do so by calling the Animal Shelter at (949) 497-3552 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. 

Basketball Courts— Closed.

Concerts – Sunset Serenades and Concerts in the Park are postponed until late summer or early fall, date to be determined. 

Playgrounds – Closed.

Recreation Classes – All in-person summer camps and recreation classes are canceled until after Labor Day.

Trolley Service — Suspended through Labor Day.

Volleyball Courts – Closed.