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San Mateo County Moving to Orange Tier for COVID-19 Reopening

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The state on Tuesday moved San Mateo County to the orange reopening tier, further easing restrictions for businesses such as restaurants and gyms, as well as places of worship.

The orange tier changes are expected to take effect Wednesday.

"I feel like the sun is shining again on San Mateo County as moving to the Orange Tier marks that we are making a true comeback," San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President David Canepa said in a statement. "It means that there is no longer a substantial risk of catching COVID in this county. Now we must minimize the risk if we want to move to Yellow and then Green to complete this historic comeback. That means respecting the health orders of social distancing, frequent hand washing, avoiding large crowds and most importantly wearing your damn masks, especially if you are going to enjoy a pint during St. Patrick’s Day."

A year after most of the Bay Area shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and Saint Patrick's Day celebrations were canceled, Irish pubs are gearing up to host gatherings. Jean Elle reports.

In the orange tier, wineries and breweries can open indoors at 25% capacity, and nonessential offices can allow employees to return, though remote work is still recommended.

To see what else changes in the orange tier, check out the chart below.

All other Bay Area counties remain in the red tier.

Sonoma and Contra Costa counties were the most recent to join the red tier. In those counties, restaurants gyms and movie theaters are all able to open with modifications.

In a recent board of supervisors meeting, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the city was "trending fast" and could join San Mateo County in the orange tier as early as next week.

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