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9 California counties, including Solano and Butte, move to less-restrictive COVID-19 tiers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nine California counties are moving to less restrictive coronavirus tiers as the state continues to make progress in its fight against the virus.

Six counties — Alameda, Butte, Calaveras, Imperial, Santa Cruz, and Solano — are moving from the purple to the red tier. Two counties — Mariposa and Plumas — are moving from the red to the orange tier. And Alpine County is moving from the orange to the yellow tier. The new tiers and criteria go into effect at midnight on Mar. 10.

Placer County, which was thought to be joining the red tier this week, failed to meet the criteria to advance from purple — having an adjusted case rate above 7% (7.7). Placer County will now have to wait until at least Mar. 23 for its next chance to move into the red tier.

Placer County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert Weygandt issued the following statement after learning the county was staying in the purple tier:

“Infections in Placer, California and the U.S. have been falling since the first of the year. In Placer, the rollout of vaccinations has gone extremely well. The specific reason for lockdowns was to ensure we didn’t overwhelm medical capacity. It’s important to continue tracking trends, but with the horrible damage caused by restrictions, it’s also very important to normalize as quickly as possible. It’s horribly disappointing that the State has decided to keep Placer in the purple tier when it is clear we are nowhere near meeting capacity in our hospitals.”

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Bay Area restaurants keep flouting dining restrictions. Are health departments enforcing the rules?

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While Bay Area shelter-in-place orders continue to limit restaurants to takeout and delivery service, a growing number are choosing to violate COVID-19 protocols in hopes of generating more revenue. Because of the dire circumstances, enforcing the rules has become a complicated pursuit for many local health departments.

Most local county health departments base their investigations into COVID-19 protocol violations on complaints they get from the public. Even when restaurants flagrantly break the rules and serve meals in outdoor patios in full public view, many local health departments are hesitant to issue fines and view the act of forcing a restaurant to shut down over its violations as a last resort. Instead, a common approach is to issue warnings.

There are some exceptions. A defiant restaurant in Contra Costa County, Incontro Ristorante in Danville, recently had its health permit revoked and was forced to close, though it had already been cited seven times for violating the county’s health order. The restaurant also had to pay numerous fines, according to reports.

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