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3 Bay Area counties move into less-restrictive coronavirus ‘red tier’

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Good news for three more Bay Area counties!

Officials announced Tuesday that Alameda, San Mateo and Solano counties have moved into the “red tier” of the state’s color-coded, four-tier reopening system ranking coronavirus progress.

The substantial/red category means there were 4 to 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents, or a 5-8% positivity rate.

Moving to the red tier allows:

  • Restaurants indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • All retail indoors (max 50% capacity)
  • Shopping centers, swap meets indoors (max 50% capacity, closed common areas)
  • Personal care services – hair and nail salons, barbershops (open with modifications)
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums (max 25% capacity)
  • Places of worship (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Movie theaters indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors (max 10% capacity)

>> You can learn more about sectors that can reopen with modifications here.

Businesses can find guidelines that apply to their industry on the state’s COVID-19 website.

Napa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara counties are also in the red tier.

This means more businesses can reopen with modifications and other coronavirus restrictions can be eased accordingly.

In a statement, Alameda County said “bringing students back for in-person learning is a top priority for the next phase of reopening.”

Concerning other sectors, the county said it would use the next two weeks to “ensure our metrics remain stable” and said it would release “a phased plan that balances increased risk of spread of COVID-19 from newly permitted activities along side mitigation strategies that can be implemented.”

At this time, officials said Alameda County will not be making any changes to permitted or prohibited activities in the county.

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