SLO County moves into the orange tier, with an exemption

April 27, 2021

By KAREN VELIE

SLO County has advanced into the coronavirus orange tier, even though case rates are up, because of an exemption granted by the state.

Last week, SLO County health officials asked the state to grant the county an exemption after narrowly missing the orange tier. Last Tuesday, the county averaged 6.0 new cases per 100,000 residents while the orange tier case rates run from 2.0 to 5.9 per 100,000 residents.

This week is even worse, with an adjusted case rate of 6.2 per 100,000 residents.

Even so, the state looked at issues with testing at Cal Poly University and granted the county an exemption.

What SLO County can expect in the orange tier:

Restaurants can increase indoor capacity to a maximum of 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

Wineries, breweries, distilleries can resume indoor service at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Bars that do not serve food can reopen outdoors.

Museums, zoos and aquariums can increase capacity on indoor activities to 50%.

Movie theaters can increase indoor capacity to a maximum of 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

Family entertainment centers and bowling alleys can resume indoor service at 25% capacity – or at 50% if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

Outdoor live events with assigned seats, including sports and live performances can increase capacity to 33%.

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Jorge Estrada

This why the new acronym “idaf” has become the most popular word in the government arena.


Chill

Does mean we will have in person city counsel meetings and end the Zoom public meetings?


paragon

I say keep them permanently on zoom. No need for all the in-person “theater” when all the unwashed crazies show up in the flesh to spew nonsense for their allotted few minutes of “public comment”.


kayaknut

Right, much easier to push their agenda when the rabble can not see and hear whats going on, Zoom meetings severely limit participation by the common folk, and those in power know it, and why should they know how their tax money is being spent.


paragon

I don’t know what “common folk” you are referring to, but anyone with half a clue can figure out how to use zoom. Pretty much any child the age of 5 and up has been using it easily for the past year. And if you really think allowing in-person comments instead of zoom in any way limits the agenda that public officials push, you obviously haven’t been to many meetings. They will do what they want no matter who says what, in person or over zoom. Your best method of control is to vote them out!


fish

I wish they would be in a public setting for transparency purposes.


Slosum

I thought we were supposed to be color blind. In any case, ignore it. Nobody cares what the state “mandates”. Except, of course, the state.


sbjcl

Nothing said about public agency’s reopening. How about all public employees being required to get vaccinated and stop hiding behind phones, screens, and zooms and get on with the peoples business.


kayaknut

If Governor Newsom wasn’t facing a recall no exemption would have been granted.


Adam Trask

Ah, yes, the recall. A $400 million fiasco that is clearly a waste of time. A recent poll said that 56% of Californians would vote to keep the governor, while only 40% say they would vote to recall. By my math, that only leaves 4% and that ain’t enough. The state should simply wait until the 2022 election. But, you know those Republicans, they never mind spending other people’s money.


kayaknut

Because we all know polls never get it wrong?


Adam Trask

Don’t like polls? I get it.


How about another predictive system: British bookmaker BetFair gives the recall only 17% chance of succeeding. They also favor Newsom at 6-4 in the 2022 election.