NEWS FLASH: New Color Coded Systems For Re-opening on August 31st
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News Flash: New Color Coded Systems For Re-opening on August 31st
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California dropped their previous “watch list” system of tracking COVID-19 cases and instead went with a four-tier, color coded classification system that will determine which counties can move forward with business reopenings.
Here’s how the color codes will reflect counties’ reopening plans:
• Widespread (purple): Most non-essential indoor business operations are closed; most businesses are only allowed to open for outdoor operations.
• Substantial (red): Some non-essential indoor businesses closed; some businesses may be open indoors at 25% capacity (give example of 100 people, only 25 people allowed inside).
• Moderate (orange): Some indoor business operations open with modifications; some businesses like indoor zoos and museums could open at 50% capacity.
• Minimal (yellow): Most indoor business operations open with modifications; these indoor businesses would be able to fully open indoors with physical distancing and face covering rules.
A big difference between the new color-coded system and the old watch list is how quickly counties will be allowed to move on and off. If counties want to move off color coded systems, there will be a 21-day mandatory waiting period before counties get downgraded, which will hopefully result in less back and forth for businesses that are allowed to reopen, then forced to close back up.
You can look for more information on which county and what kind of business or activity is or isn’t allowed to reopen at the link in the transcript.
Keep in mind that while these new changes are in place, the need to maintain physical distancing, face coverings, and continuing to follow cleaning of surfaces, use of hand sanitizers, and handwashing is still required.
We encourage you to check with certain businesses and services before you head out of the door. Stay safe.
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