Weekend Open Thread: OC is back to the RED TIER!


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from the County:

Santa Ana, Calif. (March 12, 2021) –Today the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Californians in some of the state’s hardest-hit communities, increasing immunity where the state’s transmission rates and disease burden have been the highest during the pandemic. With this equity metric met, and because vaccines slow the spread of disease and serious illness, the previously announced update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to account for progress with vaccine administration goes into effect. Effective Sunday, March 14, Orange County will move into the Red Tier the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy after having met Red Tier metrics.

As a result, many local businesses and activities in Orange County will either be allowed to expand capacity or resume operations. Please visit the State’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/, enter Orange in the County field and business or activity of interest in the Activity field and click the Get Latest Risk Levels button to view its status under the Red Tier. As an additional resource, residents may click HERE for the activities and businesses that are permitted under each Tier by the State…

Never mind – the OJB will check that for you, it’s what we do!  What has changed going from purple to red: 

Gatherings – from outdoor only to “indoor strongly discouraged, allowed with restrictions, max 3 households.”  

Outdoor playgrounds & rec facilities – STILL “open with modifications.” 

Hair salons & barbershops – STILL “open with modifications.” 

All retail – open indoors, UP from 25% capacity to 50% capacity. 

Shopping centers – up from 25% capacity to 50% capacity, reduced capacity food courts!

Museums, zoos & aquariums – now open indoors with 25% capacity! 

Places of worship – now open indoors 25% capacity!   

Movie theaters – now open indoors w/ mod; max 25% or 100 people whichever’s smaller! 

Hotels & lodging – still “open w/ modifications” 

Gyms & fitness centers – now open indoors w/ mod, 10% capacity, PLUS CLIMBING WALLS!!! 

Restaurants – now  open indoors w/ mod; max 25% or 100 people whichever’s smaller! 

Wineries, breweries & distilleries – STILL outdoor only, w/ mod: Reservations, 90-minute time limit, Seating/tables only, Limited hours (service for on-site consumption closed by 8 pm) 

BARS STILL CLOSED.  🙁  (till Orange Tier) 

“Family Entertainment Centers” – still outdoor only w/ mod. 

Cardrooms & online wagering – still outdoor only w/ mod.

OFFICES still remote. 

Outdoor LIVE EVENTS w/ assigned seats & controlled mixing – still outdoor only w/ mod. BUT Effective April 1:  Max 20%, includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite and suites no more than 3 households; Weekly worker testing program; In-state visitors only, check for current CDPH Travel Advisory in effect;  Advanced reservations only; Primarily in-seat concessions (no concourse sales!) 

AMUSEMENT PARKS – STILL CLOSED TILL APRIL 1, but THEN:  Max 15%;  Small Groups – Max 10 people or 3 household groups with no intergroup mixing;  Indoor capacity max 15% with time restrictions;  No indoor dining;  Weekly worker testing program;  In-state visitors only, check for current CDPH Travel Advisory in effect;  Online ticket purchases only! 

AND FINALLY, OVERNIGHT SLEEPAWAY CAMPS – still closed till June 1! 

Now we hand you back over to The County…

…In addition, CDPH announced that beginning on Saturday, March 13, breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open outdoors only with modifications in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers. The modifications include ensuring that patrons have reservations and patrons observe a 90-minute time limit. Service for on-site consumption must end by 8 p.m. The updated guidance does not apply to breweries, wineries and distilleries that provide meals. Those establishments should continue to follow the restaurant guidance. However, bars that do not serve meals must remain closed in the Purple and Red tiers.

Beginning June 1, overnight sleepaway camps will be allowed to resume with modifications in the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers.

For questions related to COVID-19, visit http://www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow the HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).

This is your Goddamned Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about what you’d like, but make it a little RED.


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