RED TIER: A Step in the Right Direction

Thanks to the growing number of vaccinated residents and the hard work of all Contra Costans to reduce the spread of the COVID-19, some business and community activities can now resume in our county for the first time since November.

Effective Sunday, March 14, Contra Costa will return to the red tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning:

  • Restaurants, gyms, dance studios and museums can reopen indoors, following state health guidelines
  • Elementary and secondary schools may reopen for in-person learning without needing a safety-plan sign-off from Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS)
  • Retail stores, malls and grocery stores may all increase their indoor capacities
  • Small private gatherings may be held indoors, following state health guidance
  • Colleges may resume indoor lectures, with occupancy limits

COVID-19 daily case rates and the percentage of tests that return positive in Contra Costa have dropped rapidly in recent weeks after a post-holiday surge. The data are encouraging, and CCHS encourages everyone to enjoy the moment – and to continue making healthy choices.

​Until the pandemic is over, face coverings, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and getting vaccinated are all vital ways that we can protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19. Let’s keep Contra Costa moving in the right direction!

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