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Understanding our County’s Status:

Every county is assigned to a tier by the State based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. The State reviews data weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. 

For Contra Costa County to move down to the next tier, daily new cases (per 100k) must be between 4-7 and positive tests must be between 5-8%. If a county’s case rate and positivity rate fall into different tiers, the county remains in the stricter tier. Click to learn more about tier assignments and metric details.

Thanks to recent progress being made in the fight against COVID-19 in Contra Costa, the county has qualified to move into the less restrictive red tier (“substantial”) of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system.

Moving into the red tier means the following sectors can reopen with modifications:

  • Places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters and museums can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity
  • All personal care services, including massage, can move indoors
  • Indoor shopping malls can operate at 50% maximum occupancy (instead of 25%). Food courts can also open following the state’s guidelines for restaurants.
  • Indoor retail stores can now operate at 50% capacity (instead of 25%)
  • Outdoor playgrounds

Schools can reopen for in-person instruction on Oct. 13 if the county remains the red tier for two more weeks. Currently, schools must apply for a waiver from the health officer to reopen.

Health officials caution that COVID-19 is still circulating in the community and people should continue to take all the same precautions health officials have been advising for months: wear face coverings in public, maintain physical distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick.

Businesses and other organizations should review their applicable industry guidance for reopening safely from the state.

By Delta Sun Times

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