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Sacramento County Covid 19 risk drops. Restaurants, gyms and churches allowed to reopen with restrictions.

Earlier the state moved Sacramento from the purple tier to the less restrictive red tier. This will allow more businesses and activities to expand, as well as schools can also reopen as early as two weeks from now. That will be decided by the County Board or Education and local school districts. The new health order takes effect at 3 pm today.

Gyms can open at 10% capacity. Movie theaters, restaurants and churches can open to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

California Blue Print for a Safer Economy

Sacramento County issued the following update:

In alignment with Red Tier 2, the following sectors are permitted for “OUTDOOR operations only” until further notice. These sectors must maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings and sanitization): 

  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering
  • Wineries
  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and distilleries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals

Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter with no more than one side closed.
In alignment with Red Tier 2, the following sectors are permitted to open for “INDOOR operations with modifications.” These sectors must maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face coverings and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:

  • All retail (maximum 50% capacity)
  • Critical infrastructure (covid19.ca.gov/essential-workforce)
  • Gyms and fitness centers (maximum 10% capacity)
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Movie theaters (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Nail salons and physician-ordered electrolysis operations
  • Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians)
  • Places of worship (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
  • Restaurants (maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer) (Sacramento County Recommends: Only members of a household should eat together inside a restaurant)​
  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 50% capacity)

Schools in Sacramento County must continue to follow the specific Order issued by the Health Officer on Aug. 28. Sacramento County must continue to meet criteria for Red Tier 2 for an additional two weeks before allowing all schools (transitional kindergarten-12th grade) the option to open for in-person instruction. When this criterion is met, the Health Order for schools will be amended/rescinded. 

The next less restrictive tier is Orange Tier 3 (moderate) and allows for greater capacity for reopening business sectors. To meet the criteria, Sacramento County must reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and positivity rate (1-3.9 per 100,000 daily cases / 2-4.9 percent positive tests). Later this week, be sure to look forward to getting details about the “Turn Sacramento County Orange by Halloween” campaign. To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Sacramento County, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website

For questions about the Public Health Order, call the Public Health hotline at (916) 875-2400. 
For more information about the County’s response to COVID-19, visit Sacramento County’s COVID-19 webpage.​​

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