Riverside County will move into the orange tier of the state’s reopening framework Wednesday (April 7). The move is based on meeting a statewide goal to administer 4 million vaccines in disadvantaged communities, and the subsequent loosening of the case rate threshold to move into the orange tier.
Beginning April 7, more residents and patrons may be indoors at businesses and places of worship. Bars will also reopen outdoors for the first time since June 2020.
Retail businesses may increase capacity to 100 percent indoors. Places of worship, movie theaters, restaurants, as well as museums, zoos and aquariums may increase indoor capacity to 50 percent with modifications. Gyms, as well as wineries, breweries and distilleries may increase indoor capacity to 25 percent indoors with modifications. Starting April 15, meetings, receptions and conferences are allowed indoors up to 150, if all guests are tested or fully vaccinated.
Riverside County’s cases have been steadily declining for several weeks. The county’s current case rate is 3.5 per 100,000 people, percentage of positive tests is 2 percent and the health equity metric is 2.3 percent.
The County will need to remain in the orange tier for a minimum of three weeks and meet the yellow tier metrics for two of those weeks before advancing further. Visit the state’s blueprint website for more information and modifications at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
For more information on business industry guidance and modifications to reopen safely, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.