Good News: SC County Moves Up to Orange Tier, More Businesses Reopen 10-27-20 14:46 DC
Santa Cruz County has moved to the orange tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which determines when and how businesses can reopen.
In the new, orange tier, bars can begin outdoor operations, wineries may open indoors and amusement parks, including the boardwalk, may open with restrictions. Capacity can also increase at movie theaters, places of worship, restaurants, museums, retail and gyms.
Santa Cruz County has had a total of 2,821 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 207 of those are active. 25 people have died in the county.
When a county moves to the orange tier, here are the changes:
- Retail may open indoors at full capacity with modifications
- Shopping centers and malls may open at full capacity indoors, but common areas must remain closed and food courts may operate at reduced capacity
- Museums, zoos and aquariums may open indoors at 50% capacity with modifications
- Places of worship may open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is lower, with modifications
- Movie theaters may open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is lower, with modifications
- Hotel and motel fitness centers may open at 25% capacity and indoor pools may reopen
- Gyms and fitness centers may open indoors at 25% capacity with modifications, and indoor pools may reopen.
- Restaurants may open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is lower, with modifications
- Wineries may open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower, with modifications
- Bars, breweries and distilleries may open outdoors with modifications
- Family entertainment centers may open indoors for naturally distanced activities at 25% capacity with modifications, and bowling alleys are part of that.
- Cardrooms may open indoors at 25% capacity with modifications
- Offices may open indoors with modifications, but telework is encouraged
- Live audience sports may open outdoors only with a maximum capacity of 20%, and it is only open to regional visitors who live within 120 miles. Advanced reservations, assigned seating and in-seat concessions only will be required.
- Smaller amusement parks may reopen at 25% capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower, and only outdoor attractions will be allowed. They will only be open to in-county visitors, and advanced reservations will be required.