Bay Area reopening: 2 counties move into less-restrictive red tier

SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — San Mateo County and Marin County have been moved to the Red tier on Tuesday.

San Francisco stays in the Purple.

COVID-19 rates have been decreasing and counties are opening more vaccination clinics, despite a supply shortage. The California Department of Public Health determines when a county can move between tiers, “any day of the week,” and even more than once a week if necessary.

The state mostly uses average daily case rates per 100,000 people, as well as average percent positivity rates over seven days.

To move to the Red tier, a county must show that its average daily new cases over seven days dropped to 4-7 per 100,000, and its percent positivity rate is 5-8%.

According to the state’s latest COVID update, there were 4,665 newly recorded confirmed cases statewide as of Sunday. The 7-day positivity rate is 3.0% and the 14-day positivity rate is 3.3%.

See where each California county stands with the reopening tiers:

The Red tier allows:

  • Retail stores 50% indoor capacity
  • Museums and zoos: 25% capacity
  • Gyms: 10% indoor capacity
  • Indoor dining allowed at 25% capacity
  • Movie theaters open at 25% capacity

But even while moving to another phase of reopening, officials do not want residents to let their guard down.

For now, it is just three Bay Area counties that seem to be seeing hopeful case trends to shift tiers.