Sunday, June 4, 2023

Mendocino County Officially Moved to the Less Restrictive Orange Tier


The following press release was issued by the County of Mendocino:

Governor Newsom announced today the change in tier structure, as a result of increased  vaccine distribution. This change in tier structure allows Mendocino County to shift to the next less restrictive Orange Tier in the states Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The change to the  Orange Tier will take effect Wednesday, April 7th and will be reflected in a revised Mendocino County Health Officer Order to go into effect on April 7th, at 12:01 a.m.  

Approved activities should be reviewed on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan as released  by the State of California available on the following link.  

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID 19/Dimmer-Framework-September_2020.pdf 

Some of the approved activities include but are not limited to: 

Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors only with distancing,  masking and infection control safety measures. Masks are required except when people  are eating or drinking.  

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Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can now open indoors at  25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 

Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people,  whichever is less with continued safety modifications. 

Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity with modifications.  ∙ Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity with modifications. 

Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re open with modifications. Masks are required unless swimming. 

Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less with  modifications. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance  from other groups in all directions. Masks required.

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Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced  activities, such as bowling or escape rooms with modifications. Masks required. Can  increase to 50% capacity if all attendees have proof of being fully vaccinated or a recent  COVID-19 test with a negative test result.  

Grocery and Retail Stores open indoors with modifications. 

Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services open indoors with  modifications. 

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Museums and Zoos can be open indoors at 50% capacity with modifications. 

Fairs can open with a maximum of 25% capacity with modifications. All staff are  required to test for COVID-19 weekly, and all visitors and participants must be residents  of California. 

Advancement to the Orange Tier reflects the patience and persistence of our whole community  in Mendocino County. The shift to the Orange Tier also comes as the County continues to make  progress on vaccinations despite supply. As we wait for everyone to have access to vaccines,  the County urges all to remember that indoor activities pose a much higher risk than outdoor  activities and to take every step to reduce risk as much as possible. This is especially critical  given the recent detection of variants in Mendocino County. To keep yourself, your family, your  friends and neighbors, and our broader community safe, follow these core principles: 

1. Stay masked. Consistent use of face coverings both indoors and outdoors,  especially double-masking, is very effective at preventing spread of the coronavirus. 

2. Stay outdoors. Outdoor activities are far safer than indoor ones. 

3. Maintain at least 6-foot distance from others. Social distancing from those who do not  live in your home is effective at keeping the coronavirus away. 

4. Avoid groups outside of your household including crowds. The fewer people you  encounter and the fewer interactions you have, the lower the chance the virus will  spread. 

5. Get vaccinated when it is your turn. All vaccines authorized by the FDA for  emergency use work well and will help keep you, your family, and your friends safe. 

“Our County has done well through this difficult last year,” shared Dr. Coren “Cases are declining and we are getting out vaccines. This allows us to relax some restrictions,” he then caution all sharing “It is important for people to know that the East Coast and Minnesota are experiencing a possible start of a new wave. So we must continue to be careful and avoid high risk activities.”

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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