As a result of increasing cases, the state’s Health and Human Services Secretary announced Nov. 10 that San Diego County is moving down to the purple tier, the most restrictive.
Moving from the red tier to the purple tier brings several changes, including: • Restaurants may only operate outdoors • Places of worship may only operate outdoors • Indoor gyms must close • Indoor museums must close • Maximum occupancy of indoor retail falls from 50% to 25%
Hairstylists, massage therapists and other personal care businesses can remain open in the purple tier, with precautions in place.
In terms of city operations, our Cannon Art Gallery will have to close, as well the historic buildings at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. Gyms will no longer be open for pickleball and basketball.
When a county falls to a lower tier, it must stay there for three weeks at a minimum. San Diego County will need to meet the criteria for the red tier for two consecutive weeks to be able to move up.
Schools already opened while in red tier are not required to close. However, if a school or district had not already reopened for in-person instruction while in the red tier and is then moved to purple, it may not reopen those schools until the county moves back to the red tier and remains in the red tier for 14 days.
The change goes into effect on Nov. 11, but there is a 72-hour window for businesses and others to comply.