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New CA State Reopening Guidelines

California has a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

According to the new updated State guidelines, all Orange County retail, shopping centers (at maximum 25% capacity), hair salons and barbershops may reopen indoor operations today.

However, movie theaters, restaurants, bowling alleys, convention centers and theme parks are not able to reopen indoor operations yet.

Some business closures from July remain, including the closure of bars and nightclubs.

The new color-coded State reopening guidelines lay out the measures that each county must meet, based on indicators that capture disease burden, testing, and health equity.

Orange County has been assigned to the Widespread Purple Tier 1.

According to the new State guidelines, counties must remain in a tier for a minimum 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. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

Orange County could move to Red Tier 2 if the number of cases and % positives keep on a downward trend.