Second Bay Area County Enters the Yellow Tier

AP Photo/Jessica Hill


San Mateo County moved from the “Orange” Tier to the “Yellow” Tier Tuesday afternoon.

San Mateo joins San Francisco in the “Yellow” Tier as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen the economy. The reopening changes go into effect Wednesday morning.

ABC reports, The Yellow Tier allows:

  • Hair salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Retail: open indoors with modifications
  • Malls: open indoors with limited food court capacity
  • Nail salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Electrolysis: open indoors with modifications
  • Personal care services (body waxing, etc.): open indoor with modifications
  • Tattooing and piercing: open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: open indoors with modifications
  • Places of worship: open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Movie theaters: open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Hotels: open with modifications, plus their indoor pools can open, spas can open, and fitness centers can open at 50% capacity
  • Gyms: open indoors at 50% capacity, plus saunas, spas, steam rooms and indoor pools can open
  • Restaurants: open indoors at 50% capacity, capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Wineries, breweries and distilleries: open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Bars: open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Family entertainment centers: open indoors at 50% capacity including arcades, ice skating, roller skating, and indoor playgrounds
  • Cardrooms: open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Non-essential offices: encourage telework but can reopen in-person work spaces
  • Professional sports: outdoor stadiums can have audiences up to 67% capacity
  • Schools: can reopen for in-person instruction after five days out of the purple tier
  • Theme parks: can reopen at 35% capacity
  • Live performances: outdoor only at 67% capacity (allowed indoors at limited capacity starting April 15)

“We have come so far in the last year thanks to the vigilance of our community in continuing to wear masks and rolling up their sleeves for a vaccine when they have the opportunity,” Supervisor David Canepa said. “But we still have work to do to fully open up our economy while keeping ourselves and loved ones protected from this virus. Continue practicing safe steps, make sure to get your vaccine and help your friends and loved ones get theirs, too. We are nearing the end of this pandemic and there will be cause to celebrate once June 15 comes and the entire state reopens for business.”

Counties aiming to move tiers must do the following:

Requirements to Advance Tiers:

  • 21 day mandatory wait time between moves
  • Meet metrics for next tier for 2 straight weeks
  • Counties only move 1 tier at a time
  • Assessed weekly

Requirements to Move Back Tiers:

  • Fail to meet the current tier’s metrics for 2 straight weeks
  • Emergency brake for concerning factors like hospitalizations

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