New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

One day after California Governor Gavin Newsom pulled an “emergency brake” that pushed Orange County back into the most restrictive purple tier, businesses are adjusting operations to comply with the new rules.

The purple tier goes into effect for local businesses today, with restrictions back in place for restaurants, retailers, fitness facilities and other sectors.

Restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, churches, museums and other businesses must shut down indoor operations by today; retail stores, indoor malls and libraries must limit capacity at 25%; grocery stores can open at 50% capacity.

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When California rolled out the new tiered monitoring system in August, Orange County was among 38 counties, representing 87% of California’s population, placed in the most stringent first tier.

Now, there are 41 counties in the purple tier, representing 94% of the state’s population.

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For more on what these requirements mean for local businesses, see the Nov. 23 issue of the Business Journal.