Yolo County enters red reopening tier

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YOLO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Yolo County has entered a less restrictive reopening tier, the state announced Tuesday.

Right now, Yolo County is faring better than any other county in the region. 

Tuesday’s numbers followed a trend for the county: single-digit daily infection percentages. According to the state, Yolo County has a daily average of 11.1 new cases per 100,000 residents. The county’s seven-day positivity rate is 1.6%.

That means beginning Wednesday, restaurants can allow indoor dining at 25% of capacity and gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity. Retailers will be able to go from 25% to 50% of capacity. 

Personal care services like tattoo parlors and nail salons will also be able to reopen, with modifications.

  • Indoor gatherings are still strongly discouraged but allowed with no more than 16 people from no more than three households.
  • Movie theaters and family entertainment centers may open for indoor business with a 25% maximum occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoors with 25% maximum occupancy.
  • Places of worship may open indoors with a maximum 25% occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Shopping centers, malls and swap meets open indoors with 50% max occupancy.

K-12 schools may reopen if Yolo County stays in the red tier for at least five days and follows the state’s guidance for in-person learning.

Yolo County may also allow outdoor low- to moderate-contact sports under new state guidelines.

“We’ve been in the purple tier since November of 2020,” said Jenny Tan, a spokesperson for Yolo County. “So, this has definitely been a long road, but we’re really excited that our businesses will be able to reopen or have more capacity.”

The Pooja Indian Grill in West Sacramento was still serving takeout and outdoor diners Tuesday, but their indoor dining area was ready to reopen with tables 6 feet apart.

“People like inside because outside is windy and sometimes rain and sometimes cold,” said employee Manba Taten.

Like other restaurants, the Pooja Indian Grill struggled in the purple tier and their customers were ready for a change.

Carolyin Gopalan and Krishna Gopal said they wanted to support local restaurants. They usually take their food to go and ventured out Tuesday to celebrate a birthday after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Businesses need money too and they’ve been struggling most of them. That’s why we come out, mostly takeout,” Gopal told FOX40.

Yolo is a small county that made wearing masks mandatory early in the pandemic.  

With the University of California, Davis as a partner, testing was widely available. More testing meant a better chance of a lower positivity rate.

Samantha Matthews worked part-time in recreation but was furloughed when gyms were closed. She said it was a necessary evil.

“I’m missing the people at my old job, I’m wishing they are doing well, staying safe. But it’s all about bringing those numbers down,” Matthews said.

Yolo County officials say many people from outside the county may want to visit because of the lowered restrictions. They are reminding people that if they do visit restaurants or other businesses, mask wearing and social distancing is still required.

Two Bay Area counties and multiple counties to the north are also now in the red tier as of Tuesday’s update.

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