Public health officials in many Bay Area counties have decided to temporarily pause the economy to open up more after the increase in COVID-19 case rates and the number of Bay Area and statewide cases.
Santa Clara County public health officials announced Friday that the county is slipping back to the more restrictive Red Tier, guiding the state’s reopening, meaning that indoor dining will once again take effect on Tuesday. .
Also in Santa Clara County, fitness centers will be limited to 10% capacity, wineries will be limited to outdoor service, and family recreation centers such as Bowling Alley will need to be closed again.
Santa Clara County public health officials announced Friday that the indoor dinner would be closed from Tuesday as the county heads for a more restrictive reopening hoyer. Scott Budman reports.
Similar is the case in Marine County, where officials have called for similar vicissitudes in reopening, including the effective meal cessation on Tuesday.
The San Francisco and Contra Costa counties prevented reopening this week and even tightened restrictions on indoor operations in restaurants and other businesses.
Contra Costa’s Public Health Officer Drs. Chris Furnitano issued a new order on Friday to close indoor dining, indoor fitness centers and concessions in theaters effective Tuesday. The county recently moved from orange tier to more restrictive red tier in the state’s reopening guidelines.
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“Internal interactions in restaurants, movie theaters, and indoor gyms and fitness centers are high-risk activities,” Farnitano said, “and we must act now, given what we are seeing in the country and the region.”
Alameda County’s new daily cases per 100,000 people have been reduced from 3.4 to 4.9. County public health officials hope to move the state to a more restrictive level in the state’s blueprint for a safer economy soon.
County Health Officer Drs. Nicholas Moss said in a statement, “We need to exercise caution and get ready quickly to protect our residents and hospitals from growing cases of COVID-19.”
“We are closely monitoring the situation,” he said. “If necessary, we will prohibit activities that are at high risk for the spread of COVID, in which people gather indoors without masks.”
As a precaution, county officials have seen an increase in hospitals as well as an increase in the number of newly reported cases of coronovirus from day to day.
Contra Costa and Santa Cruz moved to a more restrictive level on Tuesday. In Contra Costa, this means retail businesses and malls should return capacity of 50% or 100 people, whichever is lower. And indoor entertainment businesses such as Bowling Alley’s and theaters should be closed again.
Strict restrictions also came into force in San Francisco as it moved back to the state’s orange tier. This means that indoor dining will be suspended, and the capacity of theaters and gyms should be reduced.
Statewide, a rolling average of new cases has increased and so has the number of hospitals.
Alameda County public health officials said that with flu season, flu cases will be a greater burden on the health care system this year because of symptoms similar to coronovirus and flu.
Residents are urged to get a flu shot and follow the guidance of Bay Area health officials on a visit and visit to the gathering, which can be found here.