These Bay Area Counties Could Soon Move To Less Restrictive Red Tier


Big changes could be coming as soon as today, Tuesday afternoon, as several Bay Area counties move from the purple tier, to the less restrictive red tier. San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties could all make the announcement soon.

The Red tier allows:

  • Retail stores 50% indoor capacity
  • Museums and zoos: 25% capacity
  • Gyms: 10% indoor capacity
  • Indoor dining allowed at 25% capacity
  • Movie theaters open at 25% capacity

The California Department of Public Health determines when counties can move from one tier to another, less restrictive one. COVID cases in the state have been dropping. To move to the Red tier, a county must show that its average daily new cases over seven days dropped to 4-7 per 100,000, and its percent positivity rate is 5-8%.