Which tier is my Bay Area county in? What does it mean for reopening?

By KCBS Radio

As California cancels its regional stay-at-home order effective Monday, many Bay Area residents want to know what their county is doing as far as reopening.

In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed and Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax announced Monday afternoon that some businesses and activities will be able to resume later this week as they expect to return to the state's purple tier. That includes outdoor dining with up to two households and six people per table, indoor and outdoor personal services, outdoor zoos and museums, small outdoor gatherings and hotel operations for tourism.

The ban on those operations lifts at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Travelers from outside the Bay Area will be asked to quarantine for 10 days.

The city will also continue to observe the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until it moves into the state’s red tier.

"I think all of the numbers that we are seeing in San Francisco demonstrate that we made the right decision and now that we are reopening outdoor dining we want to continue to make sure that we are being very careful because we don’t want to go backwards," Breed added.

In Santa Clara County, officials have announced they’ll be returning to the purple tier immediately. That move brings back outdoor dining and personal care services, along with professional, collegiate, adult and youth sports. County officials will continue to enforce a 10-day quarantine for most people who travel into the county from more than 150 miles away.

"Santa Clara County continues to experience very high rates of COVID-19 transmission," said Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara. "Our collective actions to date have saved lives and helped protect our healthcare system from collapse. I encourage all residents to remain vigilant, wear a mask anytime you leave your home, maintain a distance of at least six feet from anyone outside your household, and get vaccinated when it is your turn."

Outdoor gatherings with up to three households are allowed for any purpose.

Officials in San Mateo County expect to be in the restrictive purple tier.

"This is encouraging news, but we must caution the public that COVID-19 is still very much widespread across the nation as nearly 420,000 Americans have died from the virus in less than a year," San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President David Canepa said in a Monday news release.

Effective immediately, outdoor dining and personal services are allowed to resume with required modifications in San Mateo County. No more than three households can gather outdoors. Gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos and aquariums can reopen outdoors, with modifications. Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons can resume indoor operations per state guidelines.

All retail can open with 25 percent capacity.

Alameda County will move back to the state's purple tier.

Outdoor dining, gyms, museums and zoos - among other activities - can open outdoors, with modifications. Indoor operations like hair salons, barbershops and personal care services can also reopen, with specific modifications.

Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties will also move to the purple tier. We have not yet heard details on reopening in Solano County, but will add them as the county's plan becomes available.

The California Department of Public Health is expected to update statewide COVID-19 tier assignments Tuesday.

Further detail on reopening under the state's tier system is available here.