UPDATE, June 15, 12 p.m.: California has retired its color-coded county reopening tiers and entered a statewide reopening. There are no more state-mandated social distancing requirements nor capacity limits. The story and map below show counties' reopening statuses and restrictions as they last stood on June 14, 2021.
California is loosening its tier guidelines, which is allowing more counties to start opening up.
These changes come as the state considers how equitably vaccine distribution is going when deciding how much counties should be allowed to reopen. To put it simply, as California administers more vaccines to zip codes hardest hit by the pandemic, it will become a bit easier to for counties to move into less restrictive tiers.
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The four tiers are yellow, orange, red and purple. Yellow indicates minimal COVID-19 spread and allows for nearly all businesses to reopen indoor operations (as long as physical distancing and face-covering requirements are in place). Purple means there is widespread COVID-19 transmission in the county. In the early stages of the four-tier system, pretty much all non-essential business had to close in the purple tier. These days, much more is allowed at limited capacity. (See below for details.)
See the map below to find out where your county stands and keep reading to learn what can and can't open in each color-coded category.
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Now that 4 million vaccine doses have been administered to those living in the "Vaccine Equity Quartile", a set of less strict metrics is being used to determine a county's tier status:
Each color code has a different set of rules regarding what businesses are and aren't allowed to reopen, whether they can open indoors or outdoors, and at what capacity they can operate. Here's how it breaks down by category:
This story will be updated as counties are upgraded or downgraded. Check back for updates.
To look up more specific business reopenings, from yoga studios to dry cleaners, see California's COVID-19 website.
See the tracker below to find out how COVID-19 cases are trending in your county.
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