Sonoma County waiting for move to orange tier

Bay Area

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A Bay Area county patiently waiting to join others in the orange tier is hopeful that this tier Tuesday could be the day.

COVID-19 cases in Sonoma County are trending downward. The latest information from the health department shows an average of 3.6 new cases per day per 100,000 people.

The state says a county must have a case rate of 6 or less per 100,000 to move from the red to the orange tier. 

Counties must be in the red with declining numbers for at least two weeks before a change, and Sonoma County has been in the red since March 14.

Some of the changes that come with the orange tier including indoor dining expanding to 50% capacity and retail stores and shopping malls operating at full capacity.

Additionally, places of worship and movie theaters can expand to 50% capacity, while indoor gyms, wineries, and breweries can open at 25% capacity.

Bars can also open outdoors.

Other counties currently in the orange tier include San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Clara.

A confirmation of the change is expected around noon, with restrictions loosened starting 8 a.m. Wednesday.

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