Riverside County Nail Salons, Schools, Indoor Dining, Gyms, Places of worship can reopen

by Publisher CoachellaValley | September 22, 2020 12:28 pm

Riverside County is one of several in California that progressed Tuesday in the state’s color-coded four-tier system that was implemented last month to curtail the coronavirus spread.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Schools, along with sectors like indoor dining, gyms and places of worship can reopen — with some restrictions — in Riverside County, updated state data revealed Tuesday.

The county is one of several in California that progressed Tuesday in the state’s color-coded four-tier system that was implemented last month to curtail the coronavirus spread. Riverside County moved from the most restrictive “purple tier” to the “red tier,” indicating that COVID-19 spread has improved from being “widespread” to “substantial.”

The following additional sectors can reopen in Riverside County under the red-tier guidelines:

Hair salons and barbershops were allowed to reopen previously with some restrictions in place.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly delivered a formal announcement at noon.

Riverside County public health spokesperson Jose Arballo said Tuesday that although all schools may reopen for in-person instruction, they must wait two weeks before doing so unless a waiver is in place. No public school districts are on the list.)

While Arballo said the move into the red tier was good news for the local economy, he urged residents and businesses to remain vigilant in protecting against coronavirus spread.

Community adherence to the safety protocols of face coverings, social distancing and frequent hand washing “are the reasons we got where we are at,” in terms of reopening more businesses, Arballo said.

“We can’t forget that,” he continued.

What pushed the county into the red tier was its improved case rate and positivity rate. State data released Tuesday showed the county with a 5.8 percent positivity rate and a 6.7 case rate.

Riverside County will now eye a move into the orange tier. Once that happens, the following industry sectors may reopen:

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