On August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”, a statewide four-tiered system for reopening business sectors based on individual countywide COVID-19 data. The Blueprint for a Safer Economy has a more stringent criteria than previous state monitoring systems and counties will move between tiers based on meeting and maintaining each tier’s criteria.
Each of the four tiers is assigned a color and risk level based on test positivity and adjusted case rate:
Daily New Cases per 100k
Testing Positivity Rate
Tier 1, Purple – Widespread Risk
Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed
More than 7
Tier 2, Red – Substantial Risk
Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed
Tier 3, Orange – Moderate Risk
Some indoor business operations are open with modifications
Tier 4, Yellow – Minimal Risk
Most indoor business operations are open with modifications
Less than 1
Less than 2%
Every county in California is assigned to a tier. Data is reviewed weekly by the State and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 21 days before moving forward. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.
Marin County is currently assigned to Tier 3 – Moderate Risk. As Marin County meets criteria to move beyond Tier 3, businesses will be allowed to slowly and safely reopen by modifying business operations and reducing capacity. Below is a list of each tier and which business sectors can operate within each tier category.
California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy is designed to be responsive to changing conditions within each county. It will take everyone working together to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and progress to future tiers. Regardless of tier assignments everyone must continue wearing a mask when around other people and practice social distancing.
For more information about California’s Blueprint to a Safer Economy visit covid19.ca.gov