71% of California’s Counties, Including Ski Counties, Just Moved to the Most Restrictive Tier on the ‘Blueprint for a Safer Economy’

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At a covid-19 briefing yesterday, California Governor Newsom announced that 41 of California’s 58 counties would be moving to the most restrictive tier in a bid to control the coronavirus. This includes ski counties Placer (Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows), Nevada (Donner Ski Ranch, Northstar, Soda Springs), and El Dorado (Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly, Kirkwood). Mono County (Mammoth) is in the red tier.

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Current tier of all California counties. Credit: covid19.ca.gov

Mammoth Mountain opened the California ski season last week and was joined Sunday by Mountain High and yesterday by Snow Valley. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are scheduled to open this coming Friday.

California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy has four tiers:

  • Purple: Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed
  • Red: Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed
  • Orange: Some indoor business operations are open with modifications
  • Yellow: Most indoor business operations are open with modifications
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California’s tier system. Credit: covid19.ca.gov

The counties that have just moved to the purple tier, with the strictest restrictions, must close indoor dining, gyms, and movie theaters immediately.

On Friday 13th, Newsom issued a travel advisory for the state of California as state COVID cases passed 1 million and continue to surge ahead of Thanksgiving. State officials are asking residents not to travel out of state for the holiday and are recommending that those who do quarantine for at least 14 days when they return.

Governor Newsom sounded the alarm over rising case rates and hospitalizations across the state and urged Californians to avoid gatherings/mixing with other households, along with out-of-state travel. He also mentioned the light at the end of the tunnel with recent vaccine successes.

California has had 1,044,896 coronavirus cases and 18,304 deaths with coronavirus.

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