FRESNO COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) — If COVID-19’s downward trend in Fresno County continues, restaurants could reopen as early as Sept. 29, Interim Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Fresno County’s COVID-19 numbers officially moved into the “Red” tier — though the county has to sit with those numbers for another week before actually making the move into Red.
Being in the Red tier — or the “Substantial” risk tier — would allow for more businesses to reopen. The county’s move into Red on Tuesday represents one week’s worth of data. One week from Tuesday — Sept. 29 — businesses allowed to operate in the Red tier would be allowed to reopen.
All businesses that would be allowed to reopen, like restaurants, would open with modifications — like capacity limits and other safety measures.
Here’s a list of other businesses that would be able to reopen indoors with modifications in the Red tier (some were already open for outdoor operations):
Indoors (with modifications):
- Aquariums (Max 25% capacity)
- Body waxing studios
- Cultural ceremonies (Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Dance studios (Max capacity 10%)
- Gyms and fitness centers (Max capacity 10%)
- Higher education institutions (Student gatherings must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less)
- Massage therapy studios
- Movie theaters (Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Museums (Max 25% capacity)
- Piercing shops
- Places of worship (Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Restaurants (dine-in) (Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Skincare services
- Tattoo parlors
- Weddings (ceremonies only) (Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Yoga studios (Max 10% capacity)
- Zoos (Max 25% capacity)
Vohra added that K-12 schools in the county would be able to open — assuming we stay in Red — on Oct. 13. He said this would apply to all schools — whether or not they’ve applied for waivers already.
This is a developing story.