The California Department of Public Health announced today that several counties in Southern California are now eligible to move into the less-restrictive orange tier starting tomorrow, April 7, 20201. These counties include Ventura, Riverside and San Bernadino. Los Angeles and Orange counties are already in the orange tier. Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and other Central California counties remain in the red tier due to increased COVID-19 infections.
In addition, the department also announced today that California has hit a milestone and has administered 20 million vaccines within the state, which helped in moving these counties into the orange tier.
Under the orange tier, restaurants, movie theaters, churches, zoos and aquariums will be allowed to increase their capacity from 25% to 50%. Gyms would be able to expand to 25% capacity. Retail would jump from 50% to no limit, and bars that don’t serve food would finally get to open.
These changes also came as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan to fully reopen California’s economy on June 15 if the current trends hold.
The announcement means California will move away from its color-coded tier system that regulates closures and openings county-by-county. The whole state will enter into this phase at the same time.
The details of what “fully open” means aren’t quite clear yet. The state said “everyday activities” will be allowed to resume and businesses can reopen with “common-sense risk reduction measures.” To learn more about Gov. Newsom’s new reopening plan, click here.
We will continue to keep you up to date on these changes. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.
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