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Orange County Leaders Tell Residents, You Are 'NOT On Lockdown,' Issue Revised Orders

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A new order issued tonight by Orange County specifically says it "does not prohibit activities such as attendance at regular school classes, going to work, or performing essential services."

That comes more than 24 hours after a previous order created "wide-spread confusion" in Orange County, appearing to ban both public and private gatherings in Orange County through the end of the month.

To mitigate the damage, Orange County leaders appeared at the news conference (replay available above) to clarify what was actually intended and acknowledged they spent the day fielding angry and confused calls from constituents.

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Supervisor Michelle Steele kicked off the news conference by stating that the county is not on lockdown. But county officials, like much of the country, are advising people to practice social distancing when out in public.

Supervisor Don Wagner said:

"Don't turn away your business. Don't say I'm closed down and worry that the sheriff's department is going to come and arrest you for going to work in morning."