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San Mateo County Moves Into Least-Restrictive COVID Tier

San Mateo County moved into the state’s least restrictive COVID-19 reopening tier Tuesday, allowing the county to reopen almost all indoor businesses, with capacity limits.

The move to the yellow tier of the state’s reopening blueprint will allow the county to reopen bars indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, while expanding indoor capacities for businesses like restaurants and gyms.

“Moving to the yellow tier is a credit to everyone who has worn their masks to slow the spread and to the 76% of us here in San Mateo County who have rolled up their sleeves and gotten the vaccine,” county Board of Supervisors President David Canepa said in a statement.

County Health Officer Scott Morrow also announced Tuesday that he rescinded his June 17, 2020, health order that detailed local guidelines for social distancing and masking. The county will now comply with the masking guidance issued last week by the state Department of Public Health.

San Mateo County is the second Bay Area county to move into the yellow tier after San Francisco did so last week.

In addition to the 76.4% of county residents ages 16 and older who have received at least one vaccine dose as of Monday, 72.3% of eligible residents have been fully vaccinated, according to county data.

Much of the Bay Area remains in the orange tier which designates moderate COVID risk, while a handful of counties including Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey were on the cusp of advancing to the yellow tier this week.

State officials have targeted June 15 to sunset the tiered reopening system and remove capacity restrictions, provided that vaccine supply remains ample and coronavirus-related hospitalizations remain low.

– Bay City News

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