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S.D. County enters orange tier as COVID-19 restrictions ease further



San Diego County will officially move Wednesday, April 7, from red into the second-least-restrictive orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening framework, allowing for increased attendance limits at most businesses and a reopening of bars outdoors amid declining coronavirus case rates and continuing vaccinations.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher called it “yet another significant step in our recovery from COVID-19. The vaccine has given us a path to save lives, restore our economy, send our kids back to school and get our way of life back. The combination of a low case rate plus the state hitting vaccine milestones allows us to continue moving forward.”

The state has reached the milestone of 4 million vaccinations administered in communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The orange tier includes restaurants, museums, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters and places of worship being able to operate at up to 50 percent of indoor capacity — doubling the red-tier limit — while bars without food service may begin outdoor operations. Amusement parks may increase attendance to 25 percent of capacity for in-state visitors.

On a broader scale, California health officials said April 6 that they plan to lift the tier system of COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, gatherings and recreational activities by June 15, although a mask mandate will remain. READ MORE