Contra Costa Moves to Orange Tier
Contra Costa County took another step towards reopening, as the State of California reassigned the county to the less-restrictive orange tier of their Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In the orange tier, more businesses and community activities can reopen beginning today. Counties in the orange tier can allow:
- Worship services and other cultural activities indoors at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer;
- Indoor dining at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer;
- Indoor swimming pools;
- Bars and other businesses that sell alcohol without meals to open for outdoor operation;
- Family entertainment centers to open indoors for “naturally distanced” activities, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and climbing-wall gyms, at 25% occupancy;
- Cardrooms to open indoors at 25% occupancy;
- Small amusement parks to open at 25% of occupancy or 500 people, whichever is fewer;
- Professional sports venues to open at 20% occupancy;
- Live entertainment to open with no more than 50 people, if approved by the Health Officer.
Contra Costa County will remain in the orange tier for at least two weeks. If the county’s average daily case rate continues to go down, it could be reclassified to the least restrictive yellow tier at that time. To be in the yellow tier, the county would have to have less than 1.0 daily new cases per 100k residents and less than 2% positive case rate.
Despite this positive change to the county’s status, the community is urged to continue following the county health order guidelines with respect to face coverings, social distancing, no large gatherings, etc.