Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to open the state’s economy by June 15.
In a press conference on Tuesday, April 6, Newsom said all industries across the state could return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations.
“We will only progress to this stage if we continue to stay vigilant, keep wearing our masks and getting vaccinated,” he said. “The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.”
California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:
1. Equitable vaccine availability: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be inoculated.
2. Consistently low burden of disease: Hospitalizations are stable and low, and specifically, hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals are low.
San Bernardino County moved from the Red (substantialº) Tier to the Orange (moderate) Tier on Wednesday, April 7.
Businesses can now increase capacity from 25% to 50%. Businesses like bars and bowling alleys can reopen for the first time in over a year.
Any bar in the county can open for outdoor service. Movie theaters, museums and restaurants can double the number of guests allowed inside. Wineries and breweries can open indoor service. Outdoor stadiums can open at 33% capacity.
The Orange Tier means the spread of COVID-19 has reduced to a moderate level as the number of cases continues to decline. As of Monday, April 5, the county’s daily adjusted rate was 3.4 per 100,000.
“This is a great day for county residents, the vast majority of whom have faithfully followed public health guidelines and patiently waited for a chance to get back to their regular lives,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This, combined with our successful vaccination efforts, means we are on track for a great summer ahead.”
Hagman said the county’s key COVID-19 metrics, ranging from its case rate to positivity and health equity positivity rates, have continued to decline while the number of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 increases daily.
“To put things in perspective, we had 38 new cases of COVID-19 on April 2, compared to 5,315 cases on Jan. 4,” said Hagman. “This is a testament to the diligence of residents who have been careful to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and follow the other guidelines we’ve been promoting for the past year. With our supply of vaccines increasing, we’re confident this progress will continue to accelerate.”
As of April 6, San Bernardino County recorded 291,728 total cases, up 925 from last week’s 290,803. The county recorded 286,467 recoveries, up 829 from last week’s 285,638.
Orange Tier reopenings:
● Retailers, malls and grocery stores can operate at 100% capacity with modifications.
● Museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoors at 50% capacity.
● Movie theaters can open with 50% capacity or 100 people.
● Hotels can open their indoor pools and fitness centers at 25% capacity.
● Gyms can open at 25% capacity, including climbing walls and indoor pools.
● Restaurants can open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever is fewer).
● Wineries, breweries and distilleries can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
● Bars can serve customers outdoors (regardless of serving food).
● Non-essential offices can reopen in-person staffing.