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Riverside County advances to next phase in reopening, approved by the state to enter ‘red tier’

Riverside County has been approved by the state of California to move into the next phase of reopening, health officials confirmed Tuesday morning.

"We have received confirmation from the state, we will be entering the red tier today," Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in the Board of Supervisors meeting this morning, "and once official announcement is made, may resume activities consistent with that position in the state framework."

What changes from Purple to Red?

  • Restaurants indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • All retail indoors (max 50% capacity)
  • Shopping centers indoors (max 50% capacity, closed common areas)
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums indoors (max 25% capacity)
  • Nail Salons: Can open indoors with modifications
  • Places of worship indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Movie theaters indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors (max 10% capacity)

There are no changes for barbershops, family entertainment centers, offices, and cardrooms.

Additionally, this week was the first week San Bernardino County was under the state guidelines. If this remains, San Bernardino could join Riverside County in the red tier next Tuesday.

What would the change mean for local schools?

The county would have to remain in the red tier for at least two weeks before schools can begin to reopen for in-person classes.

Numerous schools around the county and 5 in the Coachella Valley were able to reopen in-person due to a waiver. Schools had to demonstrate they are able to operate safely before the waiver was approved.

More on how school waivers work

Watch News Channel 3 on-air & online at Noon for the state's live announcement on which counties are reopening.

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