San Diego County remains in purple as California resumes color-coded, four-tier COVID-19 reopening system

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 15:35:51-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County remains purple under California’s color-coded, four-tier COVID-19 reopening system -- which resumed following the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order on Monday.

Under California’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” San Diego County on Tuesday, Jan. 26, is listed in the purple tier, which means “many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.”

The state released the following data on Tuesday for San Diego County:

  • 67.7 New COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000
  • 49.6 Adjusted case rate for tier assignment
  • 12.6% Positivity rate (7-day average)
  • 16.7% Health equity quartile positivity rate

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state’s stay-at-home order for the Southern California region -- which went into effect Dec. 6 and included San Diego County and 10 other counties -- was lifted. Newsom said the order was canceled due to improved conditions in hospitals.

However, the governor noted all counties in the state would have to adhere to restrictions based on their tier status.

With the county in the purple tier, these businesses and activities can reopen in an outdoor capacity only:

  • restaurant dining
  • gyms
  • places of worship
  • museums
  • zoos and aquariums
  • camping and outdoor recreation
  • bars, breweries and distilleries if they serve food
  • low-contact youth sports such as cross-country, swimming and diving, golf and track and field
  • family entertainment centers
  • movie theaters

Personal care services such as barber shops, hair and nail salons and tattoo shops can operate indoors, grocery stores can operate at 50% capacity, retail at 25%, and live sports can continue as long as fans aren't in attendance. Amusement parks will remain closed.

City News Service contributed to this report