Humboldt County moves into the orange tier for Covid-19 restrictions

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — Humboldt County has officially moved to the orange tier in the state’s Covid-19 reopening plan.

A major factor was the State meeting its goal of 4 million vaccine doses administered within communities on the healthy places index. This triggers changes in the statewide reopening plan.

“That will affect our cutoffs for the tiers in the blueprint, and given that, they finally do point to orange. Given that the new blueprint cutoff is retroactive over the last several weeks, they will be looking back at the last weeks and reclassifying it as an orange tier,” according to Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman.

This means big changes for businesses. Restaurants can have indoor dining at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever comes first. Bars can open outdoors. Wineries and breweries can operate indoors, but at 25%. All retail can open indoors with no limit on capacity. Gyms can do indoor operations at 25%.

“Humboldt County Public Health will follow all these new blueprint rules and we have no plans to be more restrictive than the state,” Hoffman adds.

This all takes effect at midnight April 7th. For those already looking ahead, Dr. Hoffman says we must remain in the orange tier for 3 weeks before moving to yellow. More information on restrictions can be found on the CDPH website.