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16 more California counties move to less restrictive reopening levels – Deadline

On the day California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a massive easing of Covid-19 restrictions coming in June, he also announced immediate progress on the state’s Covid-19 plan for a safer reopening for over 10 million state residents.

“Sixteen counties are moving to less restrictive levels in this master plan today,” Newsom said.

The governor revealed that the state had crossed the 20 million threshold for the number of vaccinations administered in total. More importantly, the state has also hit the 4 million immunization mark in low-income communities that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Reaching that 4 million threshold will allow several counties, including San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Contra Costa and Sacramento, to immediately move to the least restrictive Orange level in the state’s economic plan. See the map below.

The color coded reopening status of California counties as of 4/6/21
via CHHS

These regions are eligible to extend sectoral reopening to the limits of the Orange level from tomorrow.

This means that movie theaters can go from 25% to 50% of their capacity. The same goes for restaurants. Amusement parks can increase attendance by 15-25%. Outdoor live events can drop from 20% to 33% capacity. Large indoor live events – starting April 15 – can go from 10% to 15% occupancy. See the table below for details on these and other categories.

Achieving the vaccination target for low-income communities also relaxes the requirements for transitioning to the least restrictive yellow level. Since these new thresholds, some of the state’s largest counties – such as Los Angeles and Orange – could qualify to move to the restrictive yellow level by the end of April.

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City News Service contributed to this report.

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