What comes with a move into the orange tier? Increased density allowances for most businesses, including hair salons, retail shops, libraries, personal care services, all at 50% capacity; restaurants, places of worship and movie theaters at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer; hotels and gyms and fitness centers at 25% capacity (up from 10%); bars and breweries are allowed outdoors under the orange tier. Office space associated with non-essential work would be permitted to open, though Willis cautioned that “we still recommend wherever possible for people to work remotely.”
As for what’s on deck with continued vigilance and progress, Willis said the earliest date that Marin could move to the yellow tier would be April 14, since counties must remain in a tier at least three weeks before moving into the next less restrictive tier, according to the Marin IJ.
“This pandemic is not going to be over until everyone in the world has had access to the vaccine,” Willis told the board. “If there are pockets where there are very low vaccination rates, the risk for mutations that could cause a resurgence or fourth wave of the pandemic remain high.”