San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties switch COVID-19 tiers, may reopen more businesses

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Two Bay Area counties moved to lower-risk coronavirus tiers Tuesday, allowing for more, less restricted business re-openings amid the pandemic.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that Contra Costa County moved from the state’s Purple "Widespread" tier to the Red "Substantial" tier, and San Francisco County moved from the Red "Substantial" tier to the Orange "Moderate" tier.

“San Francisco is moving today after a close set of conversations over the past week with San Francisco County health leadership around data” Dr. Ghaly said.

San Francisco County may now re-open indoor wineries, bowling alleys and cardrooms with limited capacity.

Bars, breweries and distilleries may now re-open outdoors with modifications.

Offices may also open with precautions, but telecommuting is still encouraged.

Plus, a number of businesses that have already been allowed to reopen will now be able to operate at 50% capacity, instead of 25% capacity.

In its new tier, Contra Costa County may reopen personal care centers, museums, places of worship, movie theatres, gyms, fitness centers and restaurants indoors at limited capacity.

The re-openings are sure to help businesses forced to close for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Ghaly also encouraged all Californians to get a flu shot and continue to wear a face mask, practice social distancing and wash their hands.