Beginning Monday, myriad businesses can invite benefactors across a great part of the Bay Area after Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed another framework to follow regions’ predominance of COVID-19 and guide the returning cycle.
In lieu of the state’s coronavirus watchlist — which was scrutinized by nearby authorities for its reiteration of prerequisites — the new framework considers just the regions’ inspiration rate and cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Areas may move from purple (across the board transmission) to red (generous) to orange (moderate) to yellow (negligible) simply in the wake of spending at least three weeks in every class.
About 87% of the state, along with the majority of the Bay Area, will start off in the “purple” category, meaning more than seven daily new cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of more than 8%.
Even so, some businesses that were previously closed may reopen under the state’s guidelines, including all retail stores, malls at 25% capacity, and hair salons and barbershops indoors. But counties reserve the right to be more restrictive, meaning that those businesses won’t necessarily reopen everywhere on Monday.
All indoor businesses must keep following social distancing and cleaning guidelines, while patrons and employees are still required to wear masks.
Statewide, California’s seven-day average for new cases is about 10.5 cases per 100,000, according to the Department of Public Health, with a 5.9% positivity rate. After a surge in cases earlier this summer, hospitalizations have dropped dramatically to about 4,205 patients as of Thursday, the lowest number since late June, while daily average deaths have slowly started to drop off since peaking in early August.
Here’s the breakdown of where each county stands.
Alameda County: Purple. County officials said Saturday that they’re still reviewing the new rules from the state and expect to provide a more thorough update next week. For now, the county provided a list of business statuses, noting that indoor malls may reopen Monday at 25% capacity and that all previously open retail must likewise limit the number of customers. Salons and barbershops are still limited to outdoors.
Contra Costa County: Purple. In line with Newsom’s guidance, the county will allow retail, hair salons and barbershops to restart indoor services starting Monday.
Marin County: Purple. Health officials said the California Department of Public Health told them the county will move into the red (substantial spread) tier in an “abbreviated timeline,” thanks to its high testing rates. In the meantime, retail, hair salons, and barbershops may restart indoor services Monday.
Napa County: Red. With 6.6 cases per 100,000 and an energy pace of 4.2%, Napa is one of two provinces to be in the “generous” class in the more extensive Bay Area alongside San Francisco. Authorities said that some indoor organizations will be permitted to return at restricted limit beginning Monday — Newsom’s direction calls for keeping exercise centers at 10% limit, eateries at 25% and retail with half limit — with more direction expected throughout the end of the week.
San Francisco County: Red. Albeit open-air individual administrations resumed Friday and outside exercise centers are pegged to return on Sept. 9, Mayor London Breed said Friday that for the time being, the city will keep indoor beauty parlors, hairstyling salons and shopping centers shut while the city surveys Newsom’s most recent rules. The area has 9.2 cases per 100,000 and an energy pace of 3.1%.
San Mateo County: Purple. The county will allow retail, hair salons and barbershops to restart indoor services starting Monday.
Santa Clara County: Purple. The county will allow retail, hair salons and barbershops to restart indoor services starting Monday.
Santa Cruz County: Purple. The county will allow retail, hair salons and barbershops to restart indoor services starting Monday.
Sonoma County: Purple. Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said Friday that the region was in “acceptable organization” in the purple level with the remainder of the Bay Area and that she was assessing whether cases are related to beauty parlors and hair salons. Mase vowed to have a report on reopenings “by Monday.”