Coronavirus: What you can and can’t do under California’s new restrictions

More than nine in 10 Californians will wake up Tuesday to a new round of pandemic restrictions affecting their day-to-day life, thanks to a sweeping move backward by Gov. Gavin Newsom as he attempts to quell the state’s fastest-growing COVID-19 surge yet.

The state had been progressing along Newsom’s color-coded reopening plan, and Bay Area counties were gradually allowing customers back to restaurants’ indoor dining rooms, indoor gyms, offices and more. But over the past week, several counties announced plans to scale back. And on Monday, 24 hours ahead of schedule, Newsom forced even more closures and restrictions by moving most of the Bay Area back into his most restrictive purple tier.

It amounted to lot of shakeup in a little time. We’re here to guide you through it.

Who’s affected by the rollbacks?

Not every county in the state reverted to the purple tier, but nearly all of them moved backward. Throughout California, 41 of the state’s 58 counties now are in the most restrictive purple tier — up from 13 last week.

In the Bay Area, only three counties are not subject to the most severe restrictions: San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. But each of those counties moved into the red “substantial” risk tier.

Can I still go to restaurants?

Most everywhere in California, diners will no longer be served indoors. Restaurants will be limited once again to outdoor and takeout service only in all but the handful of counties not in the purple tier.

That means restaurants that had just recently opened their indoor dining rooms — Alameda County, for example, allowed indoor dining Oct. 23 — will have to close them again. San Francisco, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Marin counties already announced plans to stop indoor dining last week. For now, San Mateo County is the only place in the Bay Area where you can dine inside. But as it moves from the orange tier to the more restrictive red tier, the county has to shutter all bars, breweries and distilleries that don’t serve food. Wineries, which had been allowed to serve guests inside, will go back to outdoor seating only.

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Does this mean my kids’ school will close again?

No. If they were attending in-person classes before Tuesday, they can continue doing so. But if your kids attend a school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa or Santa Cruz counties that was planning to start bringing students back to campus in the next few weeks, you’ll have to wait a little while longer.

Counties must be in the red tier for at least 14 days before they can reopen schools for in-person instruction. Classrooms that started offering in-person lessons while in the red tier may continue to do so even if they have moved back into the purple tier. If a school was in the process of a phased reopening when it moved back into the purple tier (say ninth and 10th graders had started classes but 11th and 12th graders hadn’t) it can …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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