Alameda County moves to most restrictive guidelines, COVID-19 rates rise

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Under purple tier guidelines, indoor gatherings, including in places of worship and fitness centers, will no longer be allowed.

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In response to a rapid increase in COVID-19 classes across the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state public health officials placed Alameda County, as well as 40 other counties, in the most restrictive level of California’s reopening framework Monday.

The guidelines of this most restrictive level, the purple tier, must be met by Wednesday, according to an Alameda County Public Health Department press release. Indoor gatherings, including in places of worship and fitness centers, will no longer be allowed. In addition, all retail and shopping centers will move from a 50% maximum capacity to a 25% maximum capacity.

The California Department of Public Health also modified its Blueprint for a Safer Economy to allow for a faster and more flexible response to changing COVID-19 rates, according to the press release. The state will now use data from the past week, instead of from two weeks ago, and move counties multiple tiers at one time when necessary.

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