Update - November 11, 2020 
County Back to More Restrictive COVID-19 Red Tier 
State moves Contra Costa back as rates, hospitalizations increase 
As anticipated, the state has moved Contra Contra County back to the red tier 
 
This move, intended to slow the spread, is based on two weeks of data showing a marked increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Contra Costa County. 
 
Contra Costa entered the orange tier of California's Blueprint on October 27, allowing expanded reopening of businesses and activities. But since then, the average daily number of new cases in the county has grown substantially higher. The Bay Area, state, and country are also experiencing a COVID-19 surge.
 
Last week, the county enacted some restrictions in advance of the state's action, as a proactive move to control the virus. This Friday, November 13, the state's full red tier requirements go into affect. 
 
This includes:
  • Retail stores that operate indoors must scale back their maximum occupancy to 50% or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Indoor shopping malls must reduce their occupancy and reduce the occupancy of food courts to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Office workspaces must operate remotely.
  • Higher education institutions must keep indoor lectures and student gatherings to 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Gyms and fitness centers must scale back their indoor occupancies to 10%. 
  • Communal indoor pools must close. 
  • Indoor family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, must close their indoor operations. Amusement parks cannot operate.
  • Most live outdoor theatrical, musical or artistic performances are prohibited.
These are on top of last weeks restrictions:
  • Spectators at pro or college sporting events are limited to 25 people from no more than three different households.
  • Outdoor bars prohibited (except where allowed under restaurant guidance with drinks as part of a meal).
  • Indoor dining allowed at a maximum of 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer (down from 50% occupancy and 200 people).
  • Indoor movie theaters can operate at a maximum 25% of occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer (down from 50% occupancy or 200 people).
  • Religious services indoors allowed at a maximum 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer (down from 50% occupancy or 200 people).
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering sites can't operate indoors (they previously could operate indoors at 25% capacity).
This is challenging for all of us, but following these requirements gives us our best chance of not spreading COVID-19 and protecting the health of ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities

It is imperative.

The most recent data show an adjusted rate of 5.3 daily cases per 100,000 people in Contra Costa - above the orange-tier benchmark of fewer than 4 per 100,000 people. In addition, there were 53 people hospitalized on November 2 due to COVID-19 in local hospitals, compared to a low point of 17 in mid-October.
 
Thank you, 
    

 
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone