San Diego County moves into California's less restrictive yellow tier

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 11:21 AM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-09 16:17:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County on Wednesday moves into California’s least restrictive yellow tier in the state's reopening plan.

New state data released Tuesday showed San Diego County’s adjusted case rate at less than two new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the second straight week, allowing for the county to be moved down from orange to yellow in the four-tiered, color-based reopening system.

The yellow tier means there is minimal spread of COVID-19 in the region.

"You did it, San Diegans," Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer, said Tuesday. "You have followed the public health guidance and got vaccinated when the vaccine became available to you.

Wooten added, "These actions have resulted in a significant drop in COVID-19 cases in the region. Now we need San Diegans to continue getting vaccinated so that we can get closer to herd immunity, and that includes second doses for those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine."

Under the yellow tier, outdoor music venues can increase to 67% capacity, restaurants and gyms can be at 50% capacity -- indoor and outdoor -- indoor bars can be at 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and outdoor gatherings can expand to 200 people.

When California fully reopens the economy on June 15, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy -- the system of tiers the state has employed since last year. There will be no capacity restrictions or social distancing enforced, and only "mega-events" -- events with crowds larger than 5,000 people indoors or 10,000 outdoors -- will require or recommend vaccine verification.

Credit: California Department of Public Health

City News Service contributed to this report