Restaurants could reopen in 1 week, Fresno County Health Department says

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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%)
  • Electrologists
  • Estheticians
  • 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.

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