• Vinny Iachella

What The Orange Tier of Pandemic Restrictions Means For The Average Person

With Contra Costa county now aiming to reach the orange tier of pandemic restrictions by the end of April, there are new rules for restaurants, malls, gyms, and other places. As of the end of March, it will be 17 days since Contra Costa county transitioned to the red tier after a long purple winter.

The tier list California has devised consists of four tiers: Widespread (purple), Substantial (red), Moderate (orange), and Minimal (yellow).

To move from red to orange tier, one of three requirements must be met. A county can transition into the orange tier by either lowering the case rate of the count to below 2% for at least two weeks, dropping case rates below 4 per 100,000 people, or letting the state administer 4 million vaccines to communities. So far none of those goals have been met, but public health officials hedge their bets on vaccine doses saving the county. Contra Costa County has been making great strides in vaccine administration, shortening their one million dose goal from the Fourth of July to Memorial Day (May 31st)

The red and orange tiers differ in a number of ways. Here is a comprehensive list of what will open up as Contra Costa County transitions into the orange tier of pandemic restrictions:

  • All Retail (including critical infrastructure) will allow full capacity from max 50% before

  • Shopping Centers will allow full capacity from max 50% before, common areas still closed and reduced capacity food courts.

  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums will allow max 50% capacity from max 25% before.

  • Places of Worship will allow max 50% capacity from max 25% before.

  • Movie Theatres will allow max 50% capacity from max 25% before.

  • Gyms and Fitness Centres will allow max 25% capacity from max 10% before, indoor pools will also be opened.

  • Restaurants will allow max 50% capacity from max 25% before.

  • Wineries will allow indoor seating/dining at a max of 25% capacity from outdoor only before.

  • Bars, Breweries and Distilleries (not serving food) will allow outdoor seating only from completely closed before.

  • Family Entertainment Centers will allow indoor entertainment with max 25% capacity from outdoor entertainment only (outdoor includes kart racing, mini golf, etc. indoor includes bowling and other activities.)

  • Offices will begin to allow their workers to come into office instead of remote working.

  • Live Audience Sports will be open outdoors only with 20% capacity and restrictions (regional visitors 120 miles, advanced reservations only, assigned seating only and in-seat concessions only)

  • Amusements parks will allow smaller amusements parks to be open at 25% capacity or 500 people, whichever is fewer. They will allow in county residents only, outdoor attractions only, and advanced reservations only.

For more details on any activity in any county, go to https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/





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