Orange County reports 1,330 new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths

Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, said the improving statistics and lack of enforcement of the stay- at-home orders likely factored into the decision. “The numbers are looking much better … and patience is wearing thin,” Noymer said. “I think this is a desire to bring into better alignment the reality on the ground with the orders in place… I’ve seen gyms that were open locally and so on. The longer it drags on the more it became kind of just an order on paper.”