To the surprise of some in the restaurant industry, San Francisco on Tuesday failed to secure state permission to reopen limited-capacity indoor dining, with the county falling short on one of three key metrics to move to a higher Covid tier.
With other states, including New York, recently relaxing restrictions and permitting the return of some indoor dining as infections fall, California appears to stand alone as the only state in the U.S. where indoor dining remains effectively off-limits. While a handful of rural counties are in the red and orange tiers and can allow indoor dining, as of Tuesday, 99.8% of the state’s population lives in purple-tier counties where only outdoor dining, takeout and delivery are permitted.
So how close are we?
To move from purple into the red tier — which allows indoor dining at 25% capacity — counties need an adjusted case rate of between 4 and 7, a test positivity rate between 5% and 8%, and a health equity metric between 5.3% and 8%. They must meet all three — and hold those numbers for two weeks straight before they can move up.
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