Three extra counties within the higher Bay Space fell out of the state’s most-restrictive coronavirus reopening tier Tuesday, permitting some companies to renew indoor operations at restricted capacities.
A few of these companies started opening their doorways early Wednesday.
Alameda, Santa Cruz and Solano counties all moved out of the purple tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Financial system following declines of their case and take a look at positivity charges, bringing the variety of the area’s counties within the crimson tier to eight.
Contra Costa and Sonoma counties stay within the purple.
Whereas most enterprise sectors have been required to function open air or stay closed beneath purple tier restrictions, the tier adjustments will permit the three counties to renew indoor operations at 10-25 p.c capacities for companies like gyms, eating places, film theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums.
Santa Cruz County Well being Officer Dr. Gail Newel stated that whereas the pandemic has not utterly abated, the tier change and the county’s vaccination progress provide a transparent path to restoration.
“This variation is an indication of our neighborhood’s dedication to well being and to one another,” Newel stated. “The sunshine on the finish of the tunnel is getting brighter.”
Along with the tier change, Newel lifted the county’s restrictions on guests at nursing properties, long-term care amenities and different congregate dwelling amenities.
Alameda County Well being Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss additionally warned that the danger of contracting the coronavirus nonetheless requires residents to take warning, particularly with nearly all of county residents not but receiving a vaccine.
“Alameda County’s case fee is on the decline and vaccinations of susceptible residents and our frontline employees are progressing however the COVID-19 pandemic is just not over,” Moss stated in an announcement. “As extra actions and companies open indoors and extra folks from completely different households combine, the danger of turning into contaminated will increase.”
Latest adjustments to the state’s steerage on crowds at giant outside venues will permit the Santa Cruz Seashore Boardwalk and the Oakland Coliseum in Alameda County to reopen after April 1.
The state additionally plans to switch the thresholds for task to every tier of the Blueprint within the coming days, based mostly on the variety of vaccines administered within the state’s hardest-hit communities.
The brink adjustments — which would come with pushing the variety of instances per day per 100,000 residents required for purple tier task from seven to 10 — may probably hold the Bay Space’s crimson tier counties out of the purple tier for for much longer.
As of Tuesday, solely Contra Costa, Monterey and Sonoma counties stay beneath purple tier restrictions within the 11-county higher Bay Space.