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Posted on: March 17, 2020

County Health Officer Prohibits Public and Private Gatherings

The Orange County Health Officer on Tuesday issued an order prohibiting all public and private gatherings, with specified exemptions, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

"We are taking these mitigation steps in line with a directive issued by Governor Newsom to help slow the spread of COVID-19," said Dr. Nichole Quick, Orange County Health Officer. "We recognize community members may experience anxiety related to the disruption caused by COVID-19, and want to encourage residents to reach out to loved ones using appropriate methods like telephone, video messaging, email and text."

Click here to read the full order.

The order came on the day Lake Forest officials announced City Hall would be closed to the public. City staff continued to report to work. Members of the public requiring City services are asked to use the City’s website, or call (949) 461-3400. The City’s Clubhouse senior center, community center, recreation center and Etnies skatepark were also closed.

The City also launched a coronavirus update page at

Residents were asked to follow the City’s social media and call the Lake Forest hotline at (949) 461-3536 for updates. Residents can also receive updates by text or email by registering at or by texting LakeForest to 888777.

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