Placer County Downgraded to State’s Red Tier
Rising COVID-19 Metrics Lead to More Restrictions Effective Friday, Nov. 13
Placer County was downgraded to the more restrictive Red Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Tuesday, denoting “substantial” COVID-19 risk. The change is designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and requires places of worship and most businesses to reduce capacity, while requiring some non-essential businesses, including bars and breweries not serving meals, to close.
Red Tier requirements include:
- Retailers must reduce indoor capacity from 100% to 50%
- Places of worship must reduce indoor capacity from 50% to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Gyms and fitness centers must reduce indoor capacity from 25% to 10%
- Restaurants must reduce indoor service capacity from 50% to 25%
- Museums must reduce indoor capacity from 50% to 25%
- Movie theaters and family entertainment centers must reduce indoor capacity from 50% to 25%
- Wineries are limited to outdoor operations only
- Non-essential offices are limited to remote operations
- Bars, breweries and distilleries must close
Placer County has seen COVID-19 metrics worsen over the past few weeks, with the 7-day average daily case rate at 8.4 cases per 100,000 and the 7-day test positivity rate at 4.1%, as of Monday, Nov. 9.
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.
To learn more visit the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy website.