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Blueprint for a Safer Economy

August 30

On Friday, the Governor announced a plan for living with COVID-19 called “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” This statewide approach utilizes risk-based criteria to tighten or loosen allowable activities. The framework also extends the length of time between changes to allow for time to evaluate how changes impact infection rates.
Californians can track the status of their county by visiting covid19.ca.gov. Governor Newsom calls the Blueprint “statewide, stringent, and slow” and says “the disease is still too widespread across the state.”
The Blueprint includes the following:
  1. At least 21 days before activities are expanded to another tier
  2. Mandatory metrics of case rates and test positivity from each county
  3. A uniform state framework with 4 categories
  4. Activities are permitted in a more fluid way vs. the open/closed method used previously
  5. A defined process to tighten up counties quickly that have increased positivity rates
COVID-19 Tiers
Each county will fall into one of 4 color categories- purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate), yellow (minimal). Each category dictates how sectors of business may operate. In order to move to a lower category, counties not only need to achieve lower rates but also need to demonstrate how they are using resources to target communities and individuals that are at the highest risk. To move to a lower tier, counties must be able to meet that lower tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. Conversely, counties that fail to meet their existing tier’s criteria for 2 weeks must move to the next more restrictive tier. At any point, the state may use the “emergency brake” to immediately move a county to a more restrictive tier.
San Mateo County currently falls in the purple category (widespread), the most restrictive category. To find out if your business may be open/required modifications you must implement click here


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