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County moves to orange tier

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Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers speaks about the orange tier at the April 6 county COVID-19 press conference.

Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ventura County moved to the COVID-19 orange tier of reopening April 7, meaning gyms, movie theaters and other businesses can now welcome more customers.
The county’s adjusted case rate as of April 6 is 3.9 cases per 100,000 residents, allowing it to move to the orange tier. The seven-day testing positivity rate is 1.6% (yellow) and the health equity seven-day testing positivity rate is 2.8% (orange).
“We welcome moving into the orange tier, not only because it increases capacity limits for restaurants, but it also allows for the opening of many businesses that have been required to remain closed up to this point,” said Jamie Fleming, CEO of the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We definitely want everyone in the Ojai business community to be able to recover as soon as they can from the economic hardships they have had to endure this past year. Hopefully, the yellow tier is just round the corner. However, we are still reminding our Ojai businesses that we’re still in a pandemic, and that adherence to safety protocols such as masks and spacing are critical for us to continue this positive trend of economic recovery.”
Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said: “I am happy for our local businesses, but we can’t let our guard down.”
Although more people are vaccinated, he said, “Continued adherence to public-health mitigation measures such as wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing hands frequently with soap and water, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and practicing physical distancing from those outside your household will help limit the impact of variants circulating in Southern California, particularly as more indoor activities open and expand operations. 
The state also announced it will allow additional activities to resume with modifications to reduce risk starting April 15. 
Updates: 
• Gatherings beginning April 15: In the Orange Tier, outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed. Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in all tiers, but are allowed with modifications and capacity limits in the red, orange and yellow tiers. 
• Private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences beginning April 15: In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating. In the orange tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people.
Also, beginning April 15, indoor live events or performances will be allowed.
In the red, orange and yellow tiers, these activities will be allowed with capacity limits and modifications, including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors. 
For more information on state guidelines for businesses and activities, visit: www.cdph.ca.gov.

 

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