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Reopening the Bay Area: Where COVID-19 Restrictions Stand in Each County

A look at how Bay Area counties are following Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to reopen the state's economy in phases

California currently follows Gov. Gavin Newsom's tier system for guidelines on reopenings during the pandemic. The tier system replaced the state coronavirus watch list. The state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy system determines when businesses can reopen.

Overview

  • San Francisco and San Mateo counties announced Saturday that they've been placed under the most restrictive purple tier as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Here's more.
  • Santa Clara County officials announced new changes to the already existing health measures to curve the spread of coronavirus. The biggest change is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone that travels out of the county. Here are the details.

How Does the Tier System Work?

Each county is assigned to one of four tiers. Those tiers are based on two things: the rate of new cases and positive tests. In the chart below, the dark purple is "widespread" and is the most restrictive tier. Yellow is "minimal" and the least restrictive.

So what does this mean for businesses? Counties classified as "widespread" will have to keep most non-essential indoor businesses closed. If counties are in the red "substantial" tier, those restriction start to ease. As a county's coronavirus numbers improve and move to a less restrictive tier, more businesses can open with modifications. Check out the chart below for a more detailed look.

Below you'll find a county-by-county breakdown.

Alameda

Nov. 16 - The state has moved Alameda County from the orange reopening tier to the purple reopening tier, which is the most restrictive tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Contra Costa County

Nov. 16 - The state has moved Contra Costa County from the red reopening tier to the most restrictive purple tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Marin County

Nov. 16 - Marin County has been moved from the orange reopening tier to the more restrictive red tier. In the red tier, some non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Napa County

Nov. 16 - The state has moved Napa County from the orange reopening tier to the purple tier, which is the most restrictive tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

San Mateo County

Nov. 28 - San Mateo County has been placed in the most restrictive purple tier. A new stay-at-home order – prohibiting residents from leaving their homes to gather with other households from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – also takes effect at 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30. For more details, click here.

Nov. 16 - San Mateo County is now back in the red reopening tier after being in the less restrictive orange tier. In the red tier, some non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

San Francisco

Nov. 28 - San Francisco is now on the most restrictive purple tier. Beginning Sunday. Nov. 29 at noon, San Francisco will roll back or reduce capacity of certain activities.

Nov. 16 - The state moved San Francisco from the least restrictive yellow tier to the red tier. In the red tier, some non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Santa Clara County

Nov. 28 - Santa Clara County health officials announced new changes to the already existing health measures to curve the spread of coronavirus. The biggest change is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone that travels out of the county. Here are the details.

Nov. 16 - Santa Clara County is back in the most restrictive purple tier after being in the orange tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Santa Cruz County

Nov. 16 - Santa Cruz County has been moved from the red reopening tier to the most restrictive purple tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Solano County

Nov. 16 - Solano County has been moved from the red reopening tier to the most restrictive purple tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

Sonoma County

Nov. 16 - Sonoma County remains in the most restrictive purple reopening tier. In the purple tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.

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