Exercising at a gym
In the “yellow tier,” gyms can be at 50% capacity — indoor and outdoor. Photo via Pexels.com

San Diego County will move into California’s least restrictive “yellow tier” Wednesday morning, following two consecutive weeks of an adjusted new daily COVID-19 case rate of fewer than two cases per 100,000 residents, county officials announced Tuesday.

The county will move into the yellow tier just six days before the state scraps the tiered reopening blueprint on June 15, joining other urban counties such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange.

As of Tuesday, the county’s adjusted case rate was 1.2 cases per 100,000 people after declining to a case rate of 1.7 cases last week.

“You did it, San Diegans. You have followed the public health guidance and got vaccinated when the vaccine became available to you,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “These actions have resulted in a significant drop in COVID-19 cases in the region.”

“Now we need San Diegans to continue getting vaccinated so that we can get closer to herd immunity, and that includes second doses for those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine,” she added.

In the yellow tier, outdoor music venues can increase to 67% capacity, restaurants and gyms can be at 50% capacity — indoor and outdoor — indoor bars can be at 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and outdoor gatherings can expand to 200 people.

A full list of what limits will be lifted after the descent into the yellow tier for that one week can be found on the state’s COVID-19 website.

When California fully reopens the economy on June 15, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy — the system of tiers the state has employed since last year. There will be no capacity restrictions or social distancing enforced, and only “mega events” — events with crowds larger than 5,000 people indoors or 10,000 outdoors — will require or recommend vaccine verification.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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