Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

November 16, 2020

As COVID-19 cases sharply increase across the country and California, Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials announced immediate actions today to slow the spread of the virus. The state is pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy resulting in 94.1 percent of California’s population in the most restrictive tier.

In the Bay Area, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Napa and Solano counties are among the 28 statewide that will go backward into the purple tier, the most restrictive, effective Tuesday. San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties are among nine that will move back into the red tier, the second-most restrictive.

This change is effective tomorrow, November 17. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back if necessary. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

 Effective November 17:

  • General Office Space - Non-critical sectors – offices closed. Employees work remotely. 
  • Libraries - Reduce capacity to a maximum of 50%  
  • Outdoor Faith-Based And Cultural Ceremonies - Reduce capacity to 25% or 100 people whichever is fewer 
  • Limited Swimming Pool Use - Indoor pools closed
  • Retail – Limited Indoor (Including Automotive Sales) - Reduce capacity to a maximum of 50%  
  • Retail – Malls - Indoor food courts closed
  • Restaurants - Indoor dining closed
  • Gyms and Fitness Studios (Including dance, yoga, martial arts -type classes, and personal training services of fewer than 4 people) - Reduce capacity to a maximum of 10%  
  • Family Entertainment Centers - Permitted outdoors only
  • Movie Theaters - Reduce indoor capacity to a maximum of 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Concessions must close.
  • Museums - Reduce capacity to a maximum of 25%
  • Wineries - Permitted outdoors only 
  • Bars And Breweries - Closed 

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