BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Several California counties, including, Butte, will be moving out of the most restrictive COVID-19 tier and into the red tier. The change in tiers is effective at 12 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, according to Butte County Public Health.
The other counties moving from the purple tier to the red tier are Alameda, Calaveras, Imperial, Santa Cruz and Solano. Other tier changes included in Tuesday's update were Plumas and Mariposa counties going from the red to orange tier. Alpine County moved to the least restrictive yellow tier.
The data requirements to qualify for the red tier include a case rate of 4-7 cases per 100,000 residents with a test positivity rate of 5-8%. The current Butte County COVID-19 case rate is 7.3 cases per 100,000 residents with a 3.6% test positivity rate, according to public health.
The move to the red tier means indoor dining rooms and movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer. Gyms can open indoors at 10% capacity. Museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoor activities at 25% capacity.
Wineries in the red tier may open outdoors with modifications, but bars and distilleries that do not serve food may not. Other retail businesses like clothing stores and florists can go from 25% capacity to 50%.
Butte County Public Health also said in a news release Tuesday, "While this is an encouraging move in the right direction, the more contagious B117 variant of the Coronavirus has been identified in Butte County. There is evidence that this variant may be more severe. It is vital that we all continue to follow guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and all its variants, including: wearing a mask, washing your hands, keeping distance from others, staying home if you are sick, and getting vaccinated when it is your turn."