Marin County is out of the purple and into the red.
It’s a move in the right direction for Marin, Inyo, and Tehama counties. If the trend continues, more of the three dozen counties still in the purple tier are expected to move down next week. Red is the second lowest of the state’s four-tier reopening system. State health officials are crediting continued social distancing, face masks and overall cleanliness.
Marin will immediately open indoor fitness, movie theaters, museums, personal care services like skin care and nail services, restaurants and places of worship, but on a limited scale.
Indoor retail and malls will be expanded from 25% to 50% capacity.
Under state guidelines, Marin would be allowed to reopen modified in-classroom learning if the county is able to maintain "Tier 2" data for two straight weeks.
"We’re really urging people to be prepared for a different type of Halloween," California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly explained during a Tuesday media briefing.
The rules aren't set just yet.
"Trick-or-treating, that type of mixing that comes in our traditional trick-or-treating festivities is really not advised under COVID," Dr. Ghaly said. "We’re going to be working to put out some headlines that are about how we can still celebrate the Halloween festivities."
Statewide, 30 counties are in the purple tier, 17 are in the red tier, nine are in the orange tier and just two are listed in the yellow tier.
See Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing below.