The Orange County Health Care Agency has announced that its huge vaccination site at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event center in Costa Mesa will close on June 6th. The closing is due to a big drop in demand for vaccinations at all four of the mega vaccination sites which have seen a 75 percent drop in visitors since April.
The other mega vaccine sites closing June 6th are at the Anaheim Convention Center, Soka University and Santa Ana College the Orange County Health Care Agency will then switch to mobile units for neighborhoods or communities.
The Orange County Fairgrounds has had a busy COVID testing site open for a long time now comes good news for Costa Mesa residents a large vaccination site is also going to open this Wednesday. The news comes from former Costa Mesa Mayor and new District Two supervisor Katrina Foley.
The new vaccination center wasn’t really a surprise as i have reported in the past that their was a plan to add one at the fairgrounds and, over the past week or so the tents have been going up. April 1st the vaccines open up for people 50 and, over so the new vaccine location has come at a good time as we try to get this pandemic under control.
Along with the announcement from Governor Gavin Newsom that the Regional Stay at Home Order is over also means the Limited Stay At Home Curfew is also over. This order mean’t no non essential activities were suppose to take place between 10 pm and 5 am nightly.
This order mean’t you were suppose to be home and off the street between those hours or in theory you could be cited. It also mean’t businesses also were supposed to be closed during those hours except essential places like gas stations and, convenience stores.
In practice right from the start the Orange County Sheriffs Department said they weren’t going to enforce the curfew the Costa Mesa Police Department said there were going to but from my experience they weren’t.
Maybe some people stayed home during these hours because of the curfew and, it helped a little but its one of those things i guess we will never really know.
In somewhat of a surprise move Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the Stay At Home Order in several areas including Orange County. The change means lots of different things but one change is restaurants are now allowed to reopen their outside dining areas again.
Since December 6th all outside dining has been disallowed but with the change restaurants can now get their heaters, tents, chairs and tables back out to offer outside dining again. Restaurants are struggling under COVID and, a lot have already closed permanently this won’t help them all survive but it should be a boost for many restaurants.
Hopefully things slowly improve and we don’t have to visit closing down outdoor dining again which i think was a mistake in the first place by the Governor.
Inside dining hasn’t been allowed in Orange County since June of last year and, i cannot see that being allowed anytime soon.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has just opened a vaccine super center in one of parking lots of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has also discussed using the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa as an additional vaccine super center; When this might happen in the future will depend on the availability of the vaccine.
The Orange County Fairgrounds already has a large busy testing center so it as a large vaccine super center makes sense and, will be a plus to Costa Mesa as well as nearby residents.