Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo & Santa Cruz Move to Less Restrictive “Orange” Tier

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As businesses begin to reopen and people continue to follow proper protocols more Bay Area counties are able to move toward their “new normal”.

Along with Governor Gavin Newsom in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Mark Ghaly announced Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo & Santa Cruz counties have moved from the the red (substantial) tier to the less restrictive orange (moderate) tier as part of California’s blueprint for a safer economy. The color-coded reopening plan is “statewide, simple, slow and stringent.”

Counties in the orange tier can allow:

  • Allowed indoors at full capacity: retail establishments; indoor malls; libraries; office space (although continued telework is encouraged)
  • Allowed indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever is fewer): restaurants; museums; places of worship and other cultural activities; movie theaters
  • Allowed indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer): gyms and fitness centers (and can utilize indoor pools); family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and climbing walls; wineries; card rooms
  • Allowed 25% of occupancy or 500 people (whichever is fewer): Small amusement parks
  • Allowed 20% occupancy: Professional sports venues to open
  • Allowed 50 people (if approved by the Health Officer): Live entertainment to open with no more than
  • Allowed outdoors only: bars and breweries without meals

During the press conference, Newsom reported 3,188 new coronavirus cases on October 26th and 3,699 new cases daily on a 14 day average. California is recording 133,997 daily coronavirus test on a 7 day average. Over the last 14 days, hospitalizations have increased 4.7% and ICU admission increased 5.9% in regards to COVID-19.

Last week, San Francisco entered the yellow (least restrictive) tier as the first county to do so in the Bay Area.

Watch Dr. Ghaly’s full press conference here.


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