SAN BENITO COUNTY, Calif. (KION) San Benito County health officials announced that San Benito County has moved to the red tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning that more business sectors can reopen indoors.
In the red tier, indoor restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, tattoo studios and places of worship are allowed to open with modifications.
These are the main changes that come with advancing to the red tier:
- Retail- allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity
- Indoor malls- allowed to open at 50% capacity
- Personal care services (tattoo, piercing, body waxing and esthetician services)- allowed to open indoors
- Museums- allowed to open indoors with 25% capacity
- Places of worship- allowed to open with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Movie theaters- allowed to open indoors with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Gyms and fitness centers- allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
- Restaurants- allowed to open indoors with 25% capacity or 100 people. whichever is fewer
If the county is in that tier for two consecutive weeks, the state will allow schools to reopen in-person. Nine schools have already received waivers to reopen in the purple tier.
There will be no changes to bars, breweries and distilleries; family entertainment centers; offices or professional sports.
All businesses will be required to follow industry guidance. Counties will need to spend at least 21 days in any tier before advancing to a less restrictive one, but more restrictions will be imposed if conditions get worse.
The changes are effective immediately.