November 16, 2020
Your Business News & Updates
The City of Laguna Niguel is working to support our local businesses during this COVID-19 crisis and beyond. We will provide timely information, resources, programs and updates to help your business thrive!
OC Moves Back to Purple Tier

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases around the state, Orange County has moved to the Purple Tier.

With Orange County back in the most restrictive tier, shopping centers will have to reduce capacity to 25%.

Museums, zoos, places of worship, movie theaters and fitness centers in Orange County, which had been allowed to open indoors at one-quarter capacity, will now have to operate outdoors only again.

See the Governor’s press release here and find more information at

Remember Safety First When Using Portable Gas-Fired Heaters
While many restaurants and salons are offering patio and outdoor services during the pandemic, the Orange County Fire Authority (OFCA) is reminding businesses to take precautions when using portable and gas-fired heaters.

OCFA developed this guide based on regulations of the California Fire Code (CFC) and California Code of Regulations (CCR), which affect businesses.

First and foremost, always follow the manufacturer’s product safety and use requirements.

All portable heaters used in a business must be a UL listed for commercial use (CFC 603. Guards and tip-over protections are required.

Portable gas-fired heaters may only be used outside in well-ventilated areas. (See manufacturer’s specifications for distance from umbrellas.) Prohibited outside locations include:
• Inside of tents, canopies and other membrane structures.
• Within 5 feet of buildings
• Within 5 feet of combustibles
• Within 5 feet of exits or exit discharges
• On exterior balconies

As for propane tanks, those must only be stored outside, with the following separations:
• 5 feet from a building with two means of egress
• 10 feet from a building with one means of egress
• 10 feet from combustible materials
Shop & Dine Local - Laguna Niguel underway through Dec. 31
The Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce’s Shop & Dine Laguna Niguel is underway, offering the community the chance to win prizes while supporting our businesses particularly during the ongoing pandemic.

Especially this holiday season and since your sales tax dollars support our community, shopping and dining locally is never more important. Shop & Dine Laguna Niguel runs through December 31 and features new weekly drawings for gift cards to restaurants and retail establishments.

To take part is simple. For any purchase you make in Laguna Niguel or with any Chamber business, snap a photo of your receipt and email it to Your number of entries will automatically be entered for the opportunity to win gift card prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250.

See the rules and more information at this link.
Businesses invited to take
COVID-19 Vaccine Survey
The County of Orange is conducting a survey of attitudes toward vaccination for COVID-19, which will be of great assistance in planning for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

It will take less than five minutes to complete a simple questionnaire regarding your attitude about being vaccinated against COVID-19. You need not to give your name nor any other identifying information. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

For more information, click here.