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Posted on: August 28, 2020

CA Launches Blueprint for a Safer Economy

CA Launches Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The State of California has launched a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

ORANGE county’s status

Every county in California is now assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

To learn more about the status/tier of Orange County and what businesses and activities are allowed to reopen, visit This newly rebuilt website offers a new search tool that will allow users to quickly lookup whether a business or activity is allowed near them.

What tier is orange county?

As of September 8, Orange County is in the Red (Substantial) Tier.

UNDERSTANDING the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

What are the new tiers?

There are now four tiers, identified by color and a corresponding risk level. The Widespread/Purple Tier represents the now discontinued "County Monitoring List". For every advancement a County makes through the Blueprint, activities and operating capacity will be less and less restrictive.

Blueprint Tier System

Learn more about the tiers.

What About the County Monitoring List?

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy replaces the County Data Monitoring List for determining what business can and cannot open. So why change? The State has learned a lot over the first several months of the pandemic about COVID-19 and how it spreads. For example, the State now knows how much safer outdoor activities are than indoor ones and that it’s critical that everyone wears a mask to limit the spread of the disease. This blueprint incorporates what has been learned, and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is the next evolution of the State’s response. 

What does this mean for school reopening?

Schools in the Red Tier are allowed to reopen for in-person instruction. However, Counties entering the Red Tier must wait two weeks before instruction can begin in-person. Schools that have received a waiver from their local health department for TK-6 grades may continue to operate under the stipulations of the waiver. Schools must follow these guidelines when they reopen or if they have to close again.

Now that Orange County is in the Red Tier, the soonest schools may reopen for in-person instruction is September 22.

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