COVID-19 UPDATE: State Moves Contra Costa County Into Less Restrictive “Orange Tier”

October 27, 2020 12:40 pm · 42 comments

More businesses and community activities can reopen beginning today in Contra Costa after the county’s data indicators for COVID-19 transmission showed improvement in October.

California today reassigned Contra Costa to the less-restrictive orange tier of its “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” allowing for larger local gatherings for indoor worship services and dining, and the reopening of indoor pools, bars and bowling alleys.

Contra Costa’s adjusted per-capita case rate – the average daily number of new COVID-19 cases identified in the county per 100,000 population – stood at 3.7 on Tuesday, just qualifying the county to move into the orange tier.

The average daily percentage of COVID-19 tests that return positive in the county is 1.9%, with 4.9% or lower qualifying for the orange tier. That number for census tracts identified by the state’s health equity metric was 3.9% today, with 5.2% required for the orange tier.

Counties in the orange tier can allow:

• Worship services and other cultural activities indoors at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer;
• Indoor dining at 50% occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer;
• Indoor swimming pools;
• Bars and other businesses that sell alcohol without meals to open for outdoor operation;
• Family entertainment centers to open indoors for “naturally distanced” activities, such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and climbing-wall gyms, at 25% occupancy;
• Cardrooms to open indoors at 25% occupancy;
• Small amusement parks to open at 25% of occupancy or 500 people, whichever is fewer;
• Professional sports venues to open at 20% occupancy;
• Live entertainment to open with no more than 50 people, if approved by the Health Officer.

The county will remain in the orange tier for at least two weeks. The state could move Contra Costa into the less-restrictive yellow tier, or the more restrictive red tier, if its metrics qualify for one of those tiers for two consecutive weeks. The state updates the official numbers every Tuesday.

parent October 27, 2020 at 12:50 PM


So can youth sports start again?

Can schools start opening again? Well, we know this answer .. Teacher Union says No and MDUSD says No.

So Yippie! But what will really change in our community, nothing.

Oh, please October 27, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Yep. Teacher’s union needs to be dismantled.

Led October 27, 2020 at 7:14 PM

Right, where are youth sports? Outdoor anything is safer than indoor anything, pretty much. Let kids play. They’ve lost enough this year.

bdml October 27, 2020 at 12:51 PM

Yeah thanks for that…

Sancho Panza October 27, 2020 at 12:58 PM

We are inching our way closer to some sort of normalcy; however, the part about live entertainment to open with no more than 50 people, if approved by the Health Officer…seems ‘Daddy Farnitano’ needs to know what your entertainment IS.

Ash October 27, 2020 at 12:59 PM

just another tease from nancy’s nephew, gavin

please sir, may i have another?


Cranky Taco October 27, 2020 at 1:03 PM

Wahoo! Bars can open, but which ones?

Jacknife925 October 27, 2020 at 1:32 PM

@ Cranky Taco “READ”

• Bars and other businesses that sell alcohol without meals to open for outdoor operation;

Original G October 27, 2020 at 2:17 PM

Challenge for some people will be remembering which bars they haven’t been permanently 86ed out of.

George October 27, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Only the Bars that have an outdoor operation.

Sam October 27, 2020 at 1:17 PM

I will never get this year of my life back.

Ilovepopcorn October 27, 2020 at 8:54 PM

I don’t care what color we are now. Purple to orange!! I refuse to do anything inside except going to Ace Hardware, Trader Joe’s or Safeway and the Dollar Tree. Too dangerous. People need to make money and open up know but the virus is the same as it was back in March. So go for it. What ever risk you think is ok for you. For me, I am remaining to shelter in place except for necessary stuff.

Sam October 28, 2020 at 7:18 PM

Your constant fear porn is pretty funny. I’m convinced you post the stupidest things just to get people to think how stupid this hoax it. For that I commend you.

Nope! October 27, 2020 at 1:21 PM

And right before the election! What a surprise! If Trumps wins be prepared for more lengthy lockdowns, and if Biden wins the CoronApocalypse will be over. Of course America will be too.

America October 27, 2020 at 1:48 PM

If Biden wins, you might as well superglue that mask to your face.

bdml October 27, 2020 at 2:01 PM

“and if Biden wins the CoronApocalypse will be over.”

Thanks for the laugh since they are the ones pushing for a national facemask mandate…if they win it will most certainly not be over.

Cringe October 27, 2020 at 11:11 PM

Of course, there’s at least that one person who has to talk about politics. Whatever helps you sleep at night!

Obamavirus October 27, 2020 at 1:54 PM

They are probably in a panic over at CCHealth
It’s going to be like the fall of Saigon on Nov 4
Will helicopters be landing to gather up the hapless failed Marxists?

bdml October 27, 2020 at 2:02 PM

I certainly hope so!

Kirkwood October 27, 2020 at 1:56 PM

What about barber shops?

firstw October 27, 2020 at 2:03 PM

They’ve been open for at least a month or longer.

Sickofit October 27, 2020 at 2:11 PM

Makes no sense..not that I drink but why are bars not open indoors but cardrooms are st 25%???

d October 27, 2020 at 2:20 PM

what about train clubs?

Puffandstuff October 27, 2020 at 2:23 PM

What do we have to do to reach the green tier = normalcy
Oh wait there isn’t a green tier

Dr. H. S. Thompson October 28, 2020 at 9:15 PM

The “Green” Tier is in Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity.
😆 🤣 😂

But in all seriousness, I noticed that on day 1 and just smh. It made me sad.

KingOfC October 27, 2020 at 2:30 PM

This makes no sense, numbers are worse then they ever been but let’s open everything up

Bad Nombre October 27, 2020 at 2:43 PM

Numbers look better than they have since May, around here. What numbers are you looking at?

ERas October 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Scale maybe…?

Led October 27, 2020 at 7:13 PM

Yeah, that isn’t correct at all. Numbers in other parts of the country are up. Not here.

Sam October 29, 2020 at 6:03 AM

Typical goobers counting “cases” and not hospitalizations or death. Lol keep pushing that fear. What an evil numbers game they played on our weak minded neighbors. A “case” means absolutely nothing yet some of you masked freaks are all about scaring people. Sad to play on people’s fears like this.

Amateur Teacher October 27, 2020 at 2:49 PM

GRRRREAT! Now my favorite Irish bar in the East Bay can open up again, McS…. waaaait a minute, there aren’t any Irish bars in the East Bay!

Professional Teacher October 27, 2020 at 3:46 PM

The Starry Plough in Berkeley is sorta Irish.

ZZ October 27, 2020 at 2:51 PM

It doesn’t matter what color the tiers are. These self serving demons will do whatever they want to us pions.

L0L October 27, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Just a reminder that newsom is owned by the Chinese communist party.

newsom must never again hold a public office. He’s a threat to national security.

Anon October 27, 2020 at 2:59 PM

So trick or treating should be okay then. Lmao.

Mary Fouts October 27, 2020 at 3:52 PM

I go about my life and pay no attention to this “Tier” stuff anymore. It’s changed so often, and the counties can decide what they want to do, anyway. Plus its no guarantee that business owners will want to expand operations, or that customers/people will desire to take advantage of this new, less restrictive “Tier”.

Bob October 27, 2020 at 4:21 PM

You mean we can partially resume the practice of our Constitutional rights????

We’re not worthy!!!!

Caskydiver October 27, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Yeah, I question the constitutionality of these closures/restrictions.

Caskydiver October 27, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Yeah, I question the constitutionality of these closures/restrictions.

TG October 27, 2020 at 8:45 PM

Awesome. So like what about clubs ? 😀

The Wizard October 28, 2020 at 8:15 AM

Can I go to my stamp club now ?

Dr. H. S. Thompson October 28, 2020 at 9:11 PM

Finally!!! The pool is open!! Just in time for Summer!!!

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