Color Coding Now Shows Us What Businesses Are Allowed To Reopen By County In California

August 28, 2020
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California is rolling out its Blueprint For A Safer Economy to show us, by color, which counties can reopen more businesses. This completely replaces the state's County Monitoring List. 

Governor Newsom announced Friday that California has a color coding blueprint system for reopening businesses across California amid the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions on activities will be loosened or tightened based on the number of cases per capita county-by-county, and the colors are probably here to help those of us who are more color-conscious than number-oriented. 

NEW: California is launching a Blueprint for a Safer Economy during #COVID19. It’s simple. Your county will be assigned a color based on: - Case rate - Positivity rate Your color determines how businesses can operate in your county. Find your color & what’s open ➡️ covid19.ca.gov

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Counties will be labeled by one of the following colors associated with COVID-19 risk factors: 

  • Purple / Widespread - Many non-essential indoor business operations will remain closed. This is if there are more than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents in the county, and more than 8% positive tests. 
  • Pink / Substantial - Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed. This is if there are 4-7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents in the county, and 5-8% positive tests. 
  • Orange / Moderate - Some indoor business operations are open with modifications. This is if there are 1-3.9 new cases per 100,000 residents in the county, and 2-4.9% positive tests. 
  • Yellow / Minimal - Most indoor business operations are open with modifications. This is if there are less than 1 daily new cases per 100,000 and less than 2% positive tests. 

The color-coded map can be found at covid19.ca.gov and will be updated accordingly. As of right now, a majority of California's counties are purple/widespread, which means many non-essential indoor business operations are closed. 

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