California’s COVID-19 orange tier: Here’s what restrictions loosen

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Sacramento, Nevada, San Joaquin and Solano counties are moving to California’s orange, or moderate, tier of COVID-19 restrictions, which will increase the numbers of those allowed indoors at museums, places of worship, gyms and other places. Retail will no longer have capacity restrictions.

The change comes ahead of the state’s plan to do away with the tier system when California reopens on June 15.

Here are more details on what is allowed in the orange tier, according to state guidelines as of May 18:

• Gatherings: Outdoor max 50 people. Indoor gatherings strongly discouraged, allowed with modifications. Max 25% capacity in settings where capacity limits exist or 25 people or whichever is fewer

• Private events like meetings, receptions, conferences: Outdoor maximum of 100 people. If all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination: Max 300. Indoors: max 150 people if all people are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

• Indoor seated live events and performances: In-state visitors only; Weekly worker testing program; all tickets digital; pre-designated eating area with 6 feet of distance; suites 25% capacity, max three households. For venues up to 1,500 people: max 15% or 200 people or 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of vaccination. For venues 1,501 and above: 10% capacity or 2,000 people whatever is fewer, with modifications. 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of vaccination.

• Limited services: Open with modifications.

• Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities: Open with modifications.

• Hair salons and barbershops: Open indoors with modifications.

• All retail: Open indoors with modifications.

• Shopping centers: Open indoors with modifications. Closed common areas and reduced capacity food courts (same rules as restaurants).

• Personal care services: Open indoors with modifications.

• Museums, zoos and aquariums: Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity.

• Places of worship: Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity.

• Movie theaters: Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

• Hotels and lodging: Open with modifications. Fitness centers can open with 25% capacity.

• Gyms and fitness centers: Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity. This includes climbing walls and indoor pools. • Restaurants: Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

• Bars (where no meal is provided): Open outdoors with modifications.

• Wineries, breweries and distilleries: Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity indoors, or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

• Family entertainment centers: Indoors max 25% capacity. Includes bowling alleys; 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccinations.

• Cardrooms, satellite wagering: Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity.

• Offices: Open indoors with modifications. Encourage telework.

• Sports and live performances: Max 33%, includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite. Weekly worker testing. In-state visitors only. Advanced reservations only. Outdoor food and drink concessions only.

• Amusement parks: Max 25%. Indoor capacity max 25% with time restrictions. Weekly worker testing program.

• Water parks: Outdoor parks max 25% capacity. Indoor parks, pools and rides max 15%. Walk-up ticket sales allowed. Park operators must collect name and contact information.

• Overnight sleepaway camps: Open with modifications starting June 1.

More youth and adult sports also are allowed in the yellow tier. They include:

Outdoor high-contact sports

• Basketball

• Football

• Ice hockey

• Lacrosse (boys/men)

• Rugby

• Rowing/crew (with 2 or more people)

• Soccer

• Water polo

Indoor low-contact sports

• Badminton (singles)

• Bowling

• Curling

• Dance (no contact)

• Gymnastics

• Ice skating (individual)

• Physical training

• Pickleball (singles)

• Swimming and diving

• Tennis (singles)

• Track and field

KCRA | Contributed

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