State officials moved 29 of California’s 58 counties on Monday, Nov. 16, to the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-tier coronavirus tracking system.

There are now 41 counties in the purple tier after Monday’s changes.

Two counties are categorized in the least restrictive yellow tier – last week there were six in the yellow and nine were yellow two weeks ago.

Counties are assigned to a tier based on metrics showing the speed and the spread of the virus in their borders.

A list of what businesses are impacted by each tier is included below.

Note: The state recently added a new metric called health equity. For a county with a population of greater than 106,000, the county must: Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods – the Healthy Places Index census tracts are used for that – do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate. There are additional conditions listed on the state’s site.

Here is the current metrics for each county, where they are now and where they were last week.

State metrics:

How different are the tiers?

Purple is the most restrictive, especially for education. Schools in the Widespread (purple) tier aren’t permitted to reopen for in-person instruction unless they receive a waiver from local health departments for TK-6 grades. Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the red tier for at least two weeks. If a county regresses back to the purple tier, schools won’t be forced to close again, but any that hadn’t open would be prevented from opening until the county clocks at least two weeks in the red tier.

Source: California Department of Finance 

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