Officials from the California Department of Public Health notified Marin County on Monday night that it will not be able to move into a less restrictive risk category for COVID-19.
Last week the county announced it would move from the most vulnerable category, color-coded purple and also known as Tier 1, to the next level up, which is color-coded red and called Tier 2. But the CDPH quashed the move after reanalyzing county data.
The state’s four-tier monitoring framework, called Blueprint for a Safer Economy, is based on virus prevalence in each county. The greater the prevalence, the more restrictions required on businesses and activities.
A move from Tier 1 to Tier 2 would have allowed additional businesses to resume indoor operations, including restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, personal care services and museums.
Marin's health department has requested a review of the state’s decision. A final determination of the county’s status is expected before the end of the week.
Also on Tuesday, the state moved up Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties to Tier 2, where they join Napa and San Francisco. The other six Bay Area counties still remain at Tier 1.
— Laura Klivans (@lauraklivans)