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Posted on: September 1, 2020

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Governor Newsom on Friday released a new framework for COVID-19 economic restrictions. The framework includes four colors, with Purple Tier 1 representing the highest level of restrictions.

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Counties move through Red Tier 2, Orange Tier 3 and Yellow Tier 4 based on case and positivity rates, and metrics assessing data collection, testing access and contact tracing.

Santa Cruz County is currently placed in the Purple Tier, but expects to move to Red on September 8th barring an increase in case rates. Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, hair salons, barbershops and malls will be able to open indoors with modifications. Other personal care services such as nails and waxing are still not permitted to operate indoors at this time.

New assessments of the data begin on September 8th and will be released each Tuesday. There is a 21-day mandatory waiting period before a county can move between tiers and a county can only move forward one tier at a time.

School openings for in-person instruction can only be considered once a county has been in the Red Tier for 14 days and are subject to decisions by local school boards and administrators. No County schools may open for in-person instruction at this time. For more information on the State framework, visit


Find the status of activities in the county by clicking here.

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