Yolo County not moving to yellow tier, eyeing next opportunity June 9

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Yolo County will not be moving to the yellow tier this week as the test positivity rate for the county’s most disadvantaged communities jumped above the threshold required for the least-restrictive tier. That metric — the health equity quartile — increased from 1.6 percent last week to 2.7 percent this week. Moving to the yellow tier in the state’s color-coded blueprint requires a health equity quartile rate of 2.2 percent or less. Moving to the yellow tier also requires that the county meet all three metrics (including the adjusted case rate and countywide test positivity) for two consecutive weeks, so the soonest Yolo can move to yellow is now June 9, which is just six days before the state plans to ditch the tier system altogether, lift restrictions and reopen completely. After being stuck in the orange tier since late March, Yolo County had begun making progress toward yellow in the last couple of weeks, including meeting all three yellow-tier metrics last week. But while the adjusted case rate and countywide test positivity rate met the yellow tier thresholds for a second consecutive week, the health equity quartile did not, meaning restrictions on businesses and activities that have been in place here since March 24 will continue. If and when Yolo County does move to yellow, the following changes would occur: * Social gatherings — the outdoor maximum capacity increases from 50 people to 100; indoors, the maximum attendance goes from 25 percent capacity or 25 or fewer people to 50 percent capacity or 50 or fewer people. * Private events such as meetings, receptions and conferences — outdoor maximum attendance goes from 100 in the orange tier to 200 (and 400 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination) in yellow. Indoors, if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, the maximum rises from 150 in the orange tier to 200 in the yellow. * Indoor seated live events and performances — for venues with capacity of up to 1,500, the maximum number of attendees goes from 15 percent or 200 people in the orange tier to 25 percent or 300 people in the yellow tier. If all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, that maximum rises to 50 percent in the yellow tier. For larger venues (1,500 and up), capacity remains the same in the yellow tier as in orange — 10 percent or 2,000 people, whichever is fewer — but rises to 50 percent capacity if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. * Museums, zoos and aquariums — capacity increases from 50 percent in the orange tier to full capacity in yellow. * Places of worship — indoor capacity remains 50 percent. * Movie theaters — capacity remains 50 percent. * Gyms and fitness centers — indoor capacity goes from 25 percent in the orange tier to 50 percent in the yellow tier. * Restaurants — capacity indoors remains at 50 percent. * Wineries, breweries and distilleries — capacity increases from 25 percent indoors to 50 percent. * Bars where no meals are served — may open indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. * Family entertainment centers — capacity increases from 25 percent to 50 percent (and up to 75 percent capacity if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. * Outdoor live events with assigned seats — maximum capacity increases from 33 percent to 67 percent, with in-state visitors only. * Amusement parks/fairs — Maximum capacity remains at 25 percent Four counties moved to less restrictive tiers on Tuesday. Placer and Merced counties moved from red to orange and Inyo and Mariposa moved from orange to yellow. Eight counties, including Sacramento and Solano, remain in the red tier, while 35 are in orange and 15 in yellow. But beginning June 15, the tier-system will end and capacity and distancing restrictions will be lifted for most businesses and activities in California. However, large-scale indoor events will have vaccination or negative test requirements for attendees through at least Oct. 1.

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