New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

Orange County has met requirements to enter the red tier for the first time in several months, paving the way for the region to enter into the second tier and lessening business restrictions.

Tuesday marked one week that OC has met these metrics, with a case rate of 6 per 100,000 residents down from 7.6 the week prior.

Each county needs to meet a tier’s requirements for two consecutive weeks in order to move out of its current tier.

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The county has been in the most restrictive purple tier since the state ended its lockdown in January. Entering the red tier would bring new business openings and increased capacity for those already open, such as restaurants, malls and salons.

Theme parks in the state will also be able to open starting April 1 in the red tier, according to new rules released by Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month.

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