Fresno County’s new COVID-19 status allows more businesses to open


FRESNO COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Fresno County on Tuesday moved from California’s “Widespread” or Purple tier to the “Substantial” or Red tier – which would allow for a slew of more business types to open.

Restaurants, gyms, and places of worship are on the list of businesses that can open indoors with modifications in the Red tier – among many others. 

Here’s the full list:

  • Aquariums
  • Body waxing studios
  • Cultural ceremonies 
  • Dance studios 
  • Electrologists
  • Estheticians
  • Gyms and fitness centers 
  • Higher education institutions 
  • Massage therapy studios
  • Movie theaters 
  • Museums
  • Piercing shops
  • Places of worship 
  • Restaurants
  • Skincare services
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Weddings (ceremonies only)
  • Yoga studios 
  • Zoos

All of the openings will be with modifications — which come with reduced capacity. Restaurants, for example, will be able to open indoors with a max capacity of 25% or 100 people — whichever is fewer. Meanwhile, gyms and fitness centers can open with a max capacity of 10%

For a full breakdown of what each county allows for, go to the state’s COVID-19 website and search your county.

Fresno County Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra said residents still need to be safe and continue to wear a mask.

“Simply put, people will be safer, and businesses will be stronger when multiple barriers separate
individuals from catching the virus. This means that all residents need to limit activity in groups, and businesses need to comply with capacity limits,” Vohra said. “Please also continue to mask and follow physical distancing guidelines, and wash or sanitize your hands often. And lastly, get the test if you or a close contact develops symptoms of COVID, as this will ensure that we identify and support our county’s residents in the best possible way.”

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno City Council have discussed how the city will move forward.

The City of Fresno will be working with our local businesses to open safely, following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health guidelines. Code Enforcement will continue to focus its resources on educating our businesses to protect the public health and will reserve penalties for egregious violators not following health guidelines.

As always, we remind our residents that, as more businesses reopen, we all need to do our part to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 infection. Our best defense is to continue with the existing health and safety protocols—wear a mask, keep a safe distance from others and wash your hands frequently.

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno City Council

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