The counties of San Mateo, Marin are entering the red reopening level; SF remains purple for now

The San Mateo and Marin counties on Tuesday reached the second narrowest category in California’s reopening plan, according to the California Department of Public Health. They both left the purple layer, the category that prescribes the strictest coronavirus rules.

Currently, all but 11 counties in the state are purple. But Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that while the number of coronavirus cases continues to plummet in the Gulf and California, five counties have turned red and expect eight more to be allowed restrictions next week – and “even more in two weeks. “

San Francisco, which remains purple for the time being, despite lower case numbers and a positive test rate than both San Mateo and Marin counties, could move forward.

Mayor London Breed said at the Washington Post Live Tuesday forum that he “hopes to make announcements next week about some more things we can reopen,” which includes museums and personal items, among other things.

He also said “restaurants can expand” but did not detail it.

Counties below the red level may allow retail stores to operate at 50% indoor capacity; indoor museums, zoos, movie theaters and dining options with a capacity of 25%; and indoor gyms by 10%.

According to Newsom, the numbers across the state continue to move in the right direction with cases, hospital care and deaths.

“When we talk about light, I’m talking about the strong light at the end of the tunnel,” Newsom said.