Today (Friday, March 12, 2021), the California Department of Public Health cleared San Bernardino County to move into the Red Tier effective Sunday, March 14.
The Red Tier signals that the spread of COVID-19 is still substantial within San Bernardino County; however, the number of cases is declining. As of Friday, the County’s daily adjusted rate was 5.2 per 100,000. Under the state’s revised migration plan, the daily adjusted rate to move into the Red Tier is 10 per 100,000.
The following are restrictions relaxed under the Red Tier:
- Gyms will be allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
- Retailers and malls can operate at 50% capacity
- Hair and nail salons can continue to operate indoors with modifications
- Restaurants can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums can reopen indoors at 25% capacity
- Libraries can open at 50% capacity
- Outdoor live events can resume at 20% capacity (effective April 1)
- Amusement parks can reopen at 15% capacity and small group restrictions (effective April 1)
- Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction following re-opening guidance. Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur.
To proceed into the next phase of reopening, the Orange Tier, counties must hit a daily adjusted rate of fewer than 3.9 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, along with a testing positivity rate of less than 4.9 percent and remain in the Red Tier for three weeks.
Also, the State Department of Public Health has officially confirmed that the following groups are eligible for vaccination:
- Public transit workers
- Airport workers
- Utility workers (electricity, gas, water and waste water, solid waste, roads/highways – this includes many county, city, and special district employees)
- Disaster service workers (once they are activated for emergency response)
- Social workers (workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders and dependent adults, including all front-line social workers and other staff required to enter the home of the individual at risk. Includes those who work in homeless shelters.)
Additional vaccines have also been deployed to underserved communities. Montclair residents are recipients of the effort to introduce more than 2 million doses of the vaccination statewide to designated underserved areas.
As eligibility for vaccines expands, appointments are in high demand. Appointments can be obtained by visiting sbcovid19.com/vaccine. People without access to a computer, or who need assistance making an appointment, may call the COVID-19 hotline for assistance Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at (909) 387-3911.
Pursuant to reopening guidance adopted by the City Council, two weeks after entering the Red Tier City facilities will begin to reopen to the public.