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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Some Counties Move to Yellow COVID-19 Reopening Tier, Leading to Lowest Restrictions Since Pandemic Onset

  • 2021-05-20T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

San Francisco, San Mateo, and Los Angeles Counties are now the state’s yellow, or least restrictive, COVID-19 reopening tier.

San Mateo County will fully align with the state’s industry guidance for operations and activities in the yellow tier. San Francisco's reopening plan mostly aligns with what is permitted by the state, loosening restrictions on existing opening activities, and slowly phasing out operational requirements on businesses. In Los Angeles, some rules remain more restrictive than state guidance, including a 75% capacity cap at grocery and retail stores. Orange County is on track to reach yellow tier status this week.

In yellow tier counties, offices can expand to 50% capacity, not counting fully vaccinated personnel.

It is likely that San Diego County will remain in the orange tier until the state’s reopening on June 15th. Most Bay Area counties are also in the orange tier, except for red-tiered Solano County.