Life in San Bernardino County is getting back to normal. The county has moved from the Red Tier into the less restrictive Orange Tier. Beginning today (April 7), a variety of institutions and businesses may now open to 50% capacity. Some businesses, like bars and bowling alleys, can now reopen for the first time in over a year. Any bar in the county may now open for outdoor service. Movie theaters, museums, and restaurants may double the number of guests allowed inside. Wineries and breweries can allow patrons to enjoy their beverages indoors. And outdoor stadiums can open at 33% capacity. The county’s key COVID-19 metrics, ranging from its case rate to positivity and health equity positivity rates, have continued to decline, while the number of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 increases daily.
The following is allowed under the new Orange Tier, all with modifications. For a complete listing of what can open in the tier and with specific capacity and modifications, see this updated activity tier from the California Department of Public Health.
Retailers, malls, and grocery stores can operate at 100% capacity with modifications
Museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoors at 50% capacity
Movie theaters can now open with 50% capacity or 100 people
Hotels can now open their indoor pools, and fitness centers at 25% capacity
Gyms can now be at 25% capacity, including climbing walls and indoor pools
Restaurants can open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever is fewer)
Wineries, breweries and distilleries can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Bars may serve customers outdoors (regardless if serving food)
Family entertainment centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for naturally distanced activities like bowling and rock-climbing walls
While telework is still encouraged for non-essential offices, they can reopen in-person staffing
Outdoor professional sports stadiums can have audiences up to 33% capacity (up from 20%)
Theme parks may reopen at 25% capacity