Riverside County moves into less restrictive Orange Tier

The State of California announced that Riverside County will move into the Orange Tier of the state’s reopening framework, effective today, April 7. The move is based on meeting a statewide goal to administer four million vaccines in disadvantaged communities, and the subsequent loosening of the case rate threshold to move into the Orange Tier.

The Orange Tier allows more residents and patrons to be indoors at businesses and places of worship. Bars will also reopen outdoors for the first time since June 2020.

Retail businesses may increase capacity to 100 percent indoors. Places of worship, movie theaters, restaurants, museums, zoos, and aquariums may increase indoor capacity to 50 percent with modifications. Gyms, wineries, breweries, and distilleries may increase indoor capacity to 25 percent indoors with modifications.

Starting April 15, meetings, receptions, and conferences will be allowed indoors up to 150, if all guests are tested or fully

Riverside County’s cases have been steadily declining for several weeks. The county’s current case rate is 3.5 per 100,000 people, percentage of positive tests is 2 percent, and the health equity metric is 2.3 percent.

Riverside County will need to remain in the Orange Tier for a minimum of three weeks and meet the Yellow Tier metrics for two of those weeks before advancing further.

The state on Tuesday announced that it aims to fully reopen on June 15. To view the state’s blueprint website for more information and modifications, click here.

To continue the decline in cases and advance into future reopening tiers, health officials urge all residents to get vaccinated, test regularly, and wear a mask. Appointments are now open to all Riverside County adults and the Pfizer vaccine is available for residents 16 years of age and older. To schedule a vaccination appointment, click here.

For more information on business industry guidance and modifications to reopen safely, visit click here.


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