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Reopening Alert: Placer County Enters Tier 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 8


Understanding the new tiered reopening guidance:

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Reopening Alert:

Placer County has been able to move to Tier 2 as of Tuesday, Sept. 8. This directly impacts restaurants, retail stores, cinemas, gyms & salons (find all business tier guidance HERE). 

Under Tier 2 guidelines, the following updates are in place:

  • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% capacity 
  • Retail can increase indoor capacity to 50%
  • Cinemas can open indoors with 25% capacity 
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers can open at 10% capacity 
  • Personal Care Services can open indoors

Quick Facts about the new tiered reopening system: Blueprint for a Safer Economy

“The Blueprint for a Safer Economy” is a tiered system that replaces the County Data Monitoring List for determining what business can and cannot open during COVID-19.

There are four tiers based on a county’s risk level: Purple (widespread) Red (substantial), Orange (moderate), and Yellow (minimal). Purple is the highest tier/risk level with more than seven daily new cases (per 100K) of COVID-19.

Placer County is officially off the state monitoring list and, as of Sept. 8, we have been able to move down to “Red” in the tiered system:


Every county is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. Then, 21 more days must pass before a County can move into the next tier. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

How can we get in a lower tier?

We can all do our part to help our counties reach a lower tier and wear a mask in public, wash our hands regularly, keep at least six feet of physical distance when in public, and limit mixing with people you don’t live with. Follow Placer County's status HERE.

All members of the community are encouraged to consider how personal behavior can help move Placer County to the next tier ranking. Individual action will lead to collective mitigation that will shift the county’s tier status. Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested can help move Placer County from Tier 2 to Tier 3 and support decreased modifications to business operations.

Increased testing has a positive impact on our Case Rate due to an adjustment factor that is applied if our testing is better than the state average. Additionally, if fewer people get tested it means that a higher proportion of those being tested are symptomatic, thus driving up our positivity rate. Getting tested is one way to keep Placer County moving forward through the Tiers.


Rules of the Framework:

  • CDPH will assess indicators weekly. The first weekly assessment will be released on Sept. 8, 2020.
  • A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a lower tier. 
  • A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
  • If a county's case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.

For Your Business: 

  • Catering Service/Banquets: allowed as take out but not to provide service to an event or gathering. In the case of catering with a physical location, they would follow guidance for restaurants, which will allow indoor dining at 25% capacity or 100 persons, whichever is less, beginning when we move to Red.
  • Meetings: guidance from the state is unchanged, no gatherings or meetings over 10 persons are allowed at this time
  • No gatherings of any number of non-household members are permitted, other than places of worship and protests
  • Youth Sports: guidance from the state is unchanged
  • Sunsplash: no indoor arcades until we move to Tier 4 or Yellow