All of Southern California is now in the purple tier - here's what that means staff KABC logo
Friday, November 20, 2020
Here's a breakdown of each tier in Newsom's reopening framework
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Does the new color coded, 4-tier system for monitoring COVID-19 in California leave you scratching your head? ABC7 breaks down what each tier means.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that 40 California counties had moved back to a more restrictive reopening tier as the state's coronavirus cases continue to spike.

This change moved Ventura County and Orange County from the red tier to the most restrictive purple tier setting forth rollbacks for a number of reopenings. It also prompted L.A. County officials to enact new COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday including a business curfew.

With this announcement, now every single Southern California county is currently in the purple tier of Newsom's COVID reopening framework. But what does that mean? See below for a full list of what businesses are open and closed in this most restrictive tier.

Purple Tier Restrictions and Guidelines

  • Hair salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Retail: open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Malls: open indoors at 25% capacity and food courts closed
  • Nail salons: open indoors with modifications
  • Electrolysis: open indoors with modifications
  • Personal care services (body waxing, etc.): open indoor with modifications
  • Tattooing and piercing: open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: outdoor only
  • Places of worship: outdoor only
  • Movie theaters: outdoor only
  • Hotels: open with modifications
  • Gyms: outdoor only
  • Restaurants: outdoor only
  • Wineries: outdoor only
  • Bars and breweries: closed
  • Family entertainment centers: outdoor only, like mini golf, batting cages and go-kart racing
  • Cardrooms: outdoor only
  • Non-essential offices: remote work only
  • Professional sports: no live audiences
  • Schools: must stay closed
  • Theme parks: must stay closed

To learn more about each tier in Newsom's reopening framework, watch the video featured at the top of this page.

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