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Two More Bay Area Counties Move into Less Restrictive ‘Orange’ Tier

AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez, File


Alameda and Santa Cruz counties moved from the ‘Red’ Tier into the less restrictive ‘Orange’ Tier Tuesday. The reopening changes go into effect Wednesday morning.

The two Bay Area counties now join San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin and San Mateo in the ‘Orange’ Tier.

The Orange Tier allows:

    • Places of worship: open indoors at 50% capacity
    • Movie theaters: open indoors at 50% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
    • Hotels: open with modifications, plus their indoor pools can open and fitness centers can open at 25% capacity
    • Gyms: open indoors at 25% capacity and can open indoor pools
    • Restaurants: open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
    • Wineries, breweries and distilleries: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
    • Bars: outdoor only
    • Family entertainment centers: open indoors at 25% capacity for naturally distanced activities like bowling and rock climbing walls
    • Professional sports: outdoor stadiums can have audiences up to 33% capacity starting April 1
    • Live performances: outdoor only at 33% capacity starting April 1

“But we need to remember that we’re not out of the woods yet. We’re making faster and faster progress on our vaccinations, but cases in other states are beginning to rise again. We need to stay safe over the coming months, keep our cases low, and end this pandemic.” Said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

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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