Marin advanced to the yellow tier, the state’s less restrictive category for COVID-19 safety standards, one of California's first counties to make the move due to the fact that the percentage of its residents vaccinated is the highest in the state. WHERE TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEKEND
As of this week, over 87% of Marin residents 12 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine, and over 74% of residents 12 and older had been fully vaccinated.
“Our community has earned the freedom to open more safely,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s public health officer in a statement. “We have our local residents to thank for following the science and best evidence at every stage of this pandemic, including choosing to be vaccinated. Our data shows clearly that vaccines work. Almost all current cases and outbreaks are among unvaccinated people.”
Advancing into the yellow tier allows Marin’s restaurants, movie theaters, libraries, churches, family entertainment centers, gyms and fitness studios to expand capacity indoors. Marin County bars, breweries and wineries can open at 25% capacity, up to 100 people. Outdoor conventions, meetings and receptions can resume with up to 200 people, and up to 400 people if all attendees provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test.
The primary changes allowed under the state order as Marin moves into Tier 4:
- Gyms and fitness studios can open indoors at 50% capacity or 75% if all patrons show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Fitness facilities may reopen saunas, spas, and steam rooms.
Yoga and dance studios can open indoors up to 50% capacity
- Restaurants are allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity (no longer capped at 200 people for large venues) or 75% if patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
- Wineries, breweries, and distilleries may open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, or 75% capacity if all patrons show proof of full vaccination or a negative test.
- Bars that do not serve food may open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, or 37.5% capacity if patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative test.
- Museums must retain some modifications indoors but may operate at full capacity.
- Places of worship may open at 50% capacity.
- Movie theaters may open indoors with 50% capacity, or up to 75% capacity if patrons show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
- Family entertainment centers, indoor playgrounds, bowling alleys and cardrooms may open indoors at 50% capacity, or 75% capacity if all guests test negative or show proof of full vaccination.
- Outdoor seated events (e.g., concerts) may operate at 67% of venue capacity. Indoor capacity varies by size of venue and a maximum of 50% capacity if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination.
- Outdoor informal social gatherings are allowed up to 100 people.
- Indoor informal social gatherings continue to be strongly discouraged but are allowed at up to 50% of a venue’s capacity or up to 50 people, whichever is fewer.
- Conferences, receptions, and in-person meetings may take place outdoors up to 200 people or up to 400 people if all patrons show proof of full vaccination or a negative test. Indoors, those events can take place up to 200 people if all patrons show proof of full vaccination or negative tests. Such events must have assigned seating and no mingling.
- Marathons, triathlons, endurance events or other organized walks/runs may host 500 participants per hour and 1,500 total participants, or a maximum of 3,000 participants if all show proof of a negative test or full vaccination.
Statewide, 48% of Californians live in yellow tier counties. And only four counties Del Norte, Shasta, Yuba and Stanislaus remain in the red tier indicating a “substantial” COVID-19 spread. There are no counties in the most restrictive purple tier. The state’s tier system is scheduled to be retired June 15 if hospitalization rates in the state are stable and low and if vaccines continue to be widely available. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said most businesses will be able to return to pre-pandemic levels of operation, though counties could keep stricter limits in place.
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