Orange County officials say they will use a portion of their $10 million in federal coronavirus relief money toward a program that will reward restaurants for adhering to the state's COVID-19 guidelines.
The new program, called named Safe Dine O.C., will give restaurant owners a chance to apply for $1,000 grants to reimburse the money they've spent on cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment for workers, going back to March.
“There’s so many of us that are struggling,” an O.C. restaurant owner told CBSLA. “But $1,000? I’m extremely grateful.”
Only restaurants that “have had no major violations from the last health inspection,” will be allowed to apply, said Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do,
Do adds that he hopes the project will encourage the businesses to continue to expand efforts toward COVID-19 safety guidelines.
“When the public sees a posted piece of paper on the front doors,” Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council tells CBSLA. She added that she hopes it will give diners some assurance of the safety of the restaurant and show that the owners care about their workers' health.
In mid-July, the Orange County Board of Education voted Monday 4-1 to reopen schools in August without masks or social distancing.