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With Solano County moving into the less-restrictive red tier today, the Solano Town Center will be able to increase the number of shoppers who enter the mall from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Coronavirus: Solano County returns to red tier

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Solano County is seeing red again.

After four months of being relegated to California’s most restrictive purple tier to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases that were increasing at the time, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that Solano will return to the less-restrictive red tier.

The new tier will go into effect Wednesday, allowing more businesses and activities to reopen or expand their capacity.

Back in September, Solano was permitted to move into the red tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, although it was moved back to the purple tier in November because of a spike in COVID cases at the time. Now that it is back in the red tier, certain sectors can resume indoor operations or increase their capacity, although all businesses must still apply to state guidelines.

“The declining number of cases is great news for our community as a whole, with local businesses now able to expand operations,” Dr. Bela T. Matyas, Solano’s public health officer, said in a statement. “However, it is still critical for everyone to continue to practice health and safety measures.

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