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What happens if San Diego County moves to California's most restrictive tier

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 10:57:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - If San Diego County has a case rate higher than 7.0 next week, it could be moved into the state’s purple tier which is the most restrictive tier for area businesses.

Wednesday, county health officials said San Diego County was at a 4.5% testing positivity rate and 7.9 cases per 100,000 people. The current case rate it over the state's threshold of 7.0 cases per 100,000 residents reserved for the purple tier, the state's most restrictive.

According to a breakdown from the California Department of Public Health, retail stores will have to lower to 25% capacity indoors, from 50% capacity.

Restaurants must move to outdoor dining only, after operating at 25% capacity indoors or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

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Shopping centers will move to 25% capacity with closed common areas and a closed food court. They're currently operating at 50% capacity with closed common areas and a limited food court.

Personal care businesses must move to outdoor operations after working indoors with modifications.

Museums, zoos and aquariums will go to outdoors only after operating at 25% capacity indoors.

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Places of worship and movie theaters will be held outdoors only, after operating at 25% capacity or 100 people.

Gyms and fitness centers will also have to go outdoors only, after being open at 10% capacity indoors.

Professional sports will remain the same and continue to operate but without live fans in stadiums.

While the county's testing positivity has sat in the third tier (orange) for two weeks now, a county must meet both metrics for two weeks to move forward with less business restrictions.

"At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward ... To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier," the state's website says.