Great news for restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and more in Sacramento County amid pandemic

September 29, 2020

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Businesses in Sacramento County, including restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms, along with places of worship, are now allowed to reopen indoors with limitations amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

State health officials (via the Sac Bee) say that Sacramento County has been recategorized into California's group of "red tier" counties. This allows more indoor business to be conducted under certain safety guidelines such as social distancing, mask requirements, and capacity limitations. 

Here's what it means for indoor business operations in Sacramento County under the Red Tier 2 phase, according to a release via the Sacramento County website

  • All retail can reopen at 50% capacity;
  • Critical infrastructure (essential workforce - go here for more info)
  • Gyms can reopen at 10% capacity; 
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer; 
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums can reopen at 25% capacity; 
  • Nail salons and physician-ordered electrolysis operations; 
  • Personal care services (body waxing, estheticians);
  • Places of worship can reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer; 
  • Professional sports (without live audiences); 
  • Restaurants can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer; 
  • Shopping centers (i.e. malls) can reopen at 50% capacity, with the exception of food courts and common areas

Right now under Red Tier 2, the following businesses are allowed to be open in Sacramento County for outdoor operations only

  • Family entertainment centers (i.e. bowling alleys, mini golf, batting cages, arcades, etc.); 
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering; 
  • Wineries; 
  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries, and distilleries (these can operate outdoors only if they offer outdoor seating for outdoor meals)

The next tier, Orange Tier 3, will allow a greater capacity for reopening once we get there. 

Read more from the Sacramento County website here, and from the Sac Bee here