Alameda and Santa Clara counties step into new reopening tiers

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Two more Bay Area counties have gotten the go-ahead from the state to loosen some restrictions on businesses and activities.

The color-coded tiers are California’s system for classifying risk levels, moving from red into orange means risk in Alameda and Santa Clara counties is now considered moderate, as it is in San Francisco county. Other Bay Area counties remain in the red, or substantial risk tier, except for Sonoma County, which is still in the most restrictive purple tier.

State Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said during Tuesday’s coronavirus briefing that overall, California is doing well, including in parts of the Central Valley, which had been a COVID-19 hot spot.

“Today it’s great news to see some of the Central Valley counties continue to move forward with the reductions in transmission and out of the purple tier into the red tier,” he said.

But the risk remains and that’s why Halloween and Dia de los Muertos have to be celebrated at home or virtually.

“So some of the traditional Halloween celebrations, such as parties, door-to-door trick-or-treating now pose a high risk for spreading COVID and are therefore strongly discouraged.”