Marin Moves Into 'Red' Tier, Bringing Modified Business Reopenings

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Marin County is out of the purple and into the red.

It’s a move in the right direction for Marin, Inyo, and Tehama counties. If the trend continues, more of the three dozen counties still in the purple tier are expected to move down next week. Red is the second lowest of the state’s four-tier reopening system. State health officials are crediting continued social distancing, face masks and overall cleanliness.

Marin will immediately open indoor fitness, movie theaters, museums, personal care services like skin care and nail services, restaurants and places of worship, but on a limited scale.

Indoor retail and malls will be expanded from 25% to 50% capacity.

Under state guidelines, Marin would be allowed to reopen modified in-classroom learning if the county is able to maintain "Tier 2" data for two straight weeks.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, and this gives us more choices as residents,” Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said in a news release about the changes Tuesday. "But more freedom also brings more risk. Our challenge is to move forward without increasing transmission. We’re at a critical juncture."

Congratulations, Marin! Your efforts to flatten the curve has helped us move into Tier 2 on the @CAPublicHealth's Blueprint for a Safer Economy monitoring list. This means new reopenings for our businesses (and you, the customers)! More details:

— Marin County (@maringov) September 15, 2020

Trick-or-treating, however, is a different story.

"We’re really urging people to be prepared for a different type of Halloween," California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly explained during a Tuesday media briefing.

The rules aren't set just yet.

"Trick-or-treating, that type of mixing that comes in our traditional trick-or-treating festivities is really not advised under COVID," Dr. Ghaly said. "We’re going to be working to put out some headlines that are about how we can still celebrate the Halloween festivities."

Statewide, 30 counties are in the purple tier, 17 are in the red tier, nine are in the orange tier and just two are listed in the yellow tier.

See Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing below.