SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As expected, Sacramento County moved into the less-restrictive “Red” tier of COVID-19 alert on Tuesday.
Nearly two-thirds of California counties, representing almost 90 percent of the state’s population, have shifted down into that tier over the past few weeks. The move means that a host of restrictions can now be eased, like on indoor dining.READ MORE: Sacramento County Tackles Zip Code Vaccine Disparities
Moving to the red tier is great news for our businesses and families, made possible by the strong vaccination effort by @SacCountyCA with help from @TheCityofSac, our school districts, non-profits and other partners. Every shot is a dose of hope. https://t.co/uQqvYIj66I
— @mayor_Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) March 16, 2021
Gyms, salons, hotels, movie theaters, museums, zoos and places of worship can all reopen limited indoor operations in the Red tier. Further, schools can also offer in-person instruction as an option for all grade levels.READ MORE: Feds' Boogaloo Indictment Details Inside of Northern California Extremist Group
The wider reopening comes at the same time as vaccine eligibility expanded statewide.
People 16 to 64 who have pre-existing conditions, as well as transit workers and those who work in high-risk congregate settings, are now all eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Sacramento County’s vaccination site at McClellan Park is expected to start ramping up shots to up to 1,000 people per day, officials said.
Still, as of Tuesday, 11 counties remain in the “Purple” widespread tier.
San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yuba counties – who were also expected to move into the Red tier on Tuesday – were still listed on the state’s COVID-19 website as being in the most-restrictive Purple tier as of Tuesday afternoon.MORE NEWS: Stockton Teen, 14, Shot While Driving Left Paralyzed
Sutter County also shifted down to the less-restrictive tier as expected on Tuesday.