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The enhancements in COVID-19 an infection charges for 5 California counties will enable them to maneuver from the purple to the purple tier within the state’s color-coded reopening plan, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced Tuesday morning. It’s a change that may enable indoor eating to renew in these areas, if permitted by every county’s well being officers. As well as, Newsom mentioned, eight extra counties shall be named in a “preview,” areas that “seemingly shall be pulling out every week later,” shifting out of the state’s most restrictive tier on March 2.
An up to date map on the state’s COVID-19 tracker seems to checklist the newly-red counties: Humboldt, Shasta, Yolo, Marin, and San Mateo. They be a part of Del Norte County (purple), Plumas County (purple), Sierra County (orange), Alpine County (orange), and Mariposa County (purple). Trinity County, which was within the less-restrictive orange tier, returned to purple on Tuesday. Up to now, each reopened county is in Northern California.
As of publication time, the eight “preview” counties haven’t been introduced. But according to San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents town’s District 6 (which included the Tenderloin, Civic Heart, and SoMa), San Francisco is prone to be on that checklist, with the inexperienced gentle to reopen the primary week in March.
I am listening to San Mateo and Marin will go to purple tier this week.
San Francisco will not go till early subsequent week apparently.
Our case numbers are literally decrease, however we can’t hit our fairness indicator objectives for just a few extra days.
However then we anticipate to hit orange 3 weeks later.
— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) February 23, 2021
Nevertheless, it’s as much as native well being officers to make the ultimate name, and solely they’ll resolve if actions like indoor eating can resume in a newly-red county. Prior to now, when San Mateo and Marin have moved “up” a tier, they’ve adopted state steering and reopened instantly. If that holds true in the present day, the next “purple tier” actions can resume instantly:
- Indoor restaurant eating rooms can open 25 p.c capability or 100 folks, whichever is fewer
- Retail shops, together with malls, grocery shops and wine outlets, can improve capability to 50 p.c
- Film theaters can open at 25 p.c capability (however snack bars and concessions should stay closed)
Outdoors the meals world, gyms and health studios can open indoors at 10 p.c capability, and museums can open indoors at 25 p.c capability as soon as the purple tier is reached.
Along with Haney’s tweet, different native officers have prompt to Eater SF that San Francisco shall be on the California DPH’s “preview” checklist, however even when it strikes to the purple tier on March 2, Haney suggests that there’s no promise that SF officers will enable indoor eating instantly. When SF entered the purple tier in the summertime of 2020, officers instituted a “lag behind” coverage that allowed purple tier-level reopening only when it reached the “orange” tier of reopening. To this point, officers haven’t confirmed in the event that they’d proceed the lag-behind plan when issues reopen once more.
Up to now, SF officers haven’t made an official announcement on what it plans to reopen when its COVID-19 charges enable it to go away the purple, however this webinar from the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development would possibly give some clues. Scheduled for 4 p.m. on February 24, it’s going to “go over greatest practices for reopening beneath the anticipated pointers, with a dwell Q&A session.” The session is open to all, and registration is available here.