BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Purple is the most restrictive tier in the California color-coded county system, which Butte County was on for almost a month, that is, until Tuesday when the announced it would move into the less restrictive red tier.
Movie theaters can open indoors at 25% capacity, gyms at 10% and places of worship go from only outdoors to indoors with 25% capacity.
"The data requirements look at case rates and test positivity rates," said Lisa Almaguer, Butte County Public Health Public Information Officer in a phone interview.
Two statistics the county had to improve on for two weeks.
"Our case rate is now five cases per 100,000 residents and our test positivity rate is two-point-six percent," she said. "That's well within the span of the tier two requirements."
All of this meaning Butte County has now improved to the red tier on the color-coded county system.
"The primary difference for tier two is that more businesses are allowed to open at reduced capacity," said Almaguer.
When Butte County was in the purple tier, most restaurants could only do takeout, but now that Butte County is in the red tier, they can open up indoors and start serving food.
"We're looking forward to being open inside tomorrow for lunch and dinner," said Scott Schulman, owner of Broadway Heights.
Broadway Heights in Downtown Chico already has their indoor area ready for dining indoors.
"You can look around here, our seats aren't six feet apart, they're eight, 10, 12 feet apart," Schulman said. "We have a lot of room upstairs here. And now we get to have them come inside. Certainly a lot easier for them and for us, better air in here so, yeah it's good."
However, some people in Butte County think it's too early to move to the next tier.
"I think they should stay restricted longer," said Terrea Livingston. "I think that they opened up stuff way too soon."
And even some restaurants, like Aonami in Downtown Chico, are glad the county is improving
"But, I think I'm going to hold off," said Jimmy Lee, owner of Aonami and head chef. "Then not only that but pass it on to the next customer. I just want to make sure that everybody is safe, that's always been my thing."
Butte County was on the purple tier since it changed on Aug. 31.
Click here to view a list of what is allowed in each tier of the state's color-coded system.