County Sheriff’s officials were surprised two weeks ago when the state moved Humboldt County to a less restrictive COVID level. For the two weeks we were the only county in California that were both in a sub-purple tier and were not affected by a regional home order. We were the only county in California that allowed indoor dining.
The locals warned at the time that we were not likely to stay in the red zone for long given our rising rate, and this afternoon it came to be: The State Department of Public Health has redistributed us to the most restrictive – purple – level. The old restrictions that were in place a few weeks ago will be reintroduced at 23.59 tomorrow.
Press Release from Humboldt County Joint Information Center:
The California Department of Public Health announced today that Humboldt County will be assigned the “purple” or widespread level, tightening COVID-19 security measures as the local case and positivity rate continue to rise.
Dr. Humboldt County Health Officer Ian Hoffman said the adjusted rate of 25.2 and positivity of 6.5% are far above meeting the criteria for the purple level. “This move by the state reflects what we had seen over the last month as the virus worsened locally,” he said.
These measures aim to reduce movement in society in an attempt to limit contacts between people who do not normally see each other. Below the purple level, some industries will have to change or discontinue business operations. In addition to sector changes, gatherings are only allowed outdoors and should be limited to three households, while keeping the distance and wearing face clothing at all times.
Changes below the purple level include:
- Bars, breweries and distilleries – Closed.
- Wineries – Only open outdoors.
- Family entertainment centers – Only open outdoors.
- Retail – Open indoors with a maximum capacity of 25%.
- Shopping malls, malls, barter meetings – Open indoors with a maximum capacity of 25%; Close common areas Close dishes.
- Museums, zoos and aquariums – Only open outdoors.
- Places of worship – Only open outdoors.
- Cinemas – Only open outdoors.
- Hotels and accommodation – Close to indoor pools, hot tubs, spa facilities and fitness centers.
- Fitness centers & gyms – Only open outdoors.
- Restaurants – Only open outdoors.
Dr. Hoffman said of the transition to purple tier: “This pandemic has hit us all hard, especially families with school-age children, our seniors and the business community. Returning to the purple level while expected will definitely have an impact on everyone. I would encourage everyone to reach out to their loved ones to safely offer support and remember local businesses the next time you shop. We can get through this pandemic by supporting each other. ”
Changes below the purple level take effect on Wednesday at. 23:59 For a complete list of changes, go to https://tinyurl.com/statetierchanges.
The latest COVID-19 information is available at cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during opening hours by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707-441-5000.