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Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced that the state will move “Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy” by June 15, 2021. Beginning tomorrow, all sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tier chart may return to “usual operations” with limited exceptions while following these general public health recommendations:

  • No capacity limitations
  • No physical distancing limitation for attendees, customers, and guests who are fully vaccinated
  • Face mask requirements to follow CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
  • Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result will be required to attend “Indoor Mega Events” (those with crowds of greater than 5,000 attendees in indoor venues). For “Outdoor Mega Events” (those with crowds of greater than 10,000 attendees in outdoor venues), verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result will be strongly recommended, and attendees who do not verify vaccination status should be asked to wear face coverings

Businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask
  • Require all patrons to wear masks

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Everyone must still wear masks in the workplace. It is important to note that this workplace guidance is being considered on June 17, 2021 by Cal/OSHA, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which may lead to a modification of these requirements. 

For more information, please view the CDPH’s Beyond the Blueprint Questions & Answers.  You may visit here for further guidance and checklists or

Effective January 1, 2021, California law AB 685 requires employers to report workplace outbreaks to the local health departments per Cal OSHA and California Department of Public Health. This means the food facility must have a process to investigate COVID positive cases, alert the local health department, and identify and isolate close workplace contacts of infected employees until they are tested. An outbreak is defined as 3 or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among workers at the same worksite within a 14-day period. To report a workplace outbreak to the Orange County Health Care Agency, click here and complete the two-step process within 48 hours. For questions, please call our hotline at (714) 433-6418 or email us at You may also reference the County Health Officer's Order and Recommendations for further information.

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Please reference the following guidance for campgrounds and outdoor recreation, day camps, and summer camps:

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The Orange County Drowning Prevention Task Force has launched a new drowning prevention campaign.



Water and COVID-19 FAQs

Click here to find more details about drinking water, recreational water, and wastewater and COVID-19.


About Us

The focus of this program is to ensure that all public pools are free of safety hazards and risk of communicable diseases. Public Pools include swimming pools, spa pools, and wade pools at apartments, condominiums, townhouses, hotels, motels, schools, community parks, commercial sites, health clubs, mobile home parks, campgrounds, auto courts and resorts. Routine pool inspections are conducted to cover issues from construction to water chemistry and operations. For more information or questions regarding specific public pool, please contact us.

Owners or operators planning to construct or remodel a public pool are required to submit three sets of plans with specifications and obtain approval prior to start of construction. A Plan Check fee must be paid at the time of plan submission. For more information regarding plan check submission, contact a plan check representative at (714) 433-6074.

Pool construction and remodel information and guidelines

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Additional Pool Operator Resources

Professional Pool and Spa Operator Course (PPSO)
Offered through The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
2111 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 833-0083

Certified Pool/Spa Operator's Course (CPO)
Offered at various times and locations throughout southern California
National Swimming Pool Foundation
4775 Granby Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
(719) 540-9119

Aquatic Facility Operator Certification (AFO)
National Recreation and Parks Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4501
(800) 626-6772