Marin and Monterey Counties Enter Less Restrictive Yellow Tier

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Marin and Monterey Counties moved from the “Orange” Tier to the “Yellow” Tier Tuesday afternoon.

Marin and Monterey join San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara in the “Yellow” Tier as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen the economy. The reopening changes go into effect Wednesday morning.

Solano County moved from the “Red” Tier to the “Orange” Tier, the last county in the Bay Area to leave the “Red” Tier since January.

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)

“Our community has earned the freedom to open more safely,” said Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “We have our local residents to thank for following the science and best evidence at every stage of this pandemic, including choosing to be vaccinated.”

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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