April 14, 2021
Inland Empire's pandemic complexion changing
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Riverside and San Bernardino counties moved into the Orange Tier of the State’s reopening framework on Wednesday. The move is based on meeting a statewide goal to administer 4 million vaccines in disadvantaged communities, and the subsequent loosening of the case rate threshold to move into the Orange Tier.

Riverside County’s cases have been steadily declining for several weeks. The county’s current case rate is 3.5 per 100,000 people, percentage of positive tests is 2 percent and the health equity metric is 2.3 percent.

The change to the Orange Tier means that:

• Movie Theaters can reopen at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
• Restaurants can operate indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
• Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries can open indoor service with modifications at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
• Bars that do not serve food can open for outdoor service with modifications.
• Gyms and Fitness Centers will be allowed to operate indoors at 25% capacity and reopen pools.
• Family Entertainment Centers including bowling alleys can open indoors with modifications at 25% capacity.
• Shopping Centers (Malls, Destination Centers, Swap Meets) can expand to full capacity and indoor dining can operate at 50% capacity or a total of 200 people, whichever is fewer.
• Retail is allowed to operate with modifications.
• Hair Salons & Barbershops and Personal Care Services can continue to operate indoors with modifications.
• Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums can reopen indoors at 50% capacity.
• Outdoor Live Events (sports and live performances) can resume at 33% capacity, 25% capacity for luxury suites. Only in-state visitors are allowed.
• Amusement Parks/Fairs can reopen at 25% capacity and small group restrictions, indoor capacity at 25% with time restrictions. Only in-state visitors are allowed.
• Places of Worship are allowed to offer indoor services up to 50% capacity.
• Hotels and Lodging can reopen on-site gyms and fitness centers at 25% capacity and reopen indoor pools.
• Outdoor Playgrounds & Outdoor Recreational Facilities are allowed to operate with modifications.
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