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Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties Move From State's Orange, To Yellow COVID-19 Reopening Tier

Change allows increased indoor capacity in restaurants, gyms, movie theaters

There’s good news for thousands of businesses on the Central and South Coasts, with the state moving Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties to its most liberal COVID-19 reopening tier.

They are moving from the state’s Orange to the Yellow reopening tier Wednesday.

It means restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship can now use up to 50% of their indoor capacity. Bars which don’t serve food can reopen at 25% capacity, with a 100 person maximum. And, museums and zoos can operate indoors with safety modifications.

The state’s tier system is set to be totally removed on June 15th. But, the change taking effect Wednesday will give businesses an extra week of increased capacity, which translates into more revenue. Ventura County moved to the yellow tier last week.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.