Coronavirus California: Explaining CA's reopening tiers, stay-at-home order

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday will hold a news conference at a vaccination site in Orange County, highlighting the state's efforts to ramp up vaccinations, especially in the most hard-to-reach communities.

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- California has once again changed its reopening plan, and we are here to help you make sense of all of it. Remember these? These four colors represent reopening tiers. If coronavirus transmission is low in your county, you're in the yellow tier, which means pretty much everything can reopen. The strictest tier is purple, and that means most businesses have to shut down at least indoor operations. But when California hospitals started filling up in December, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new set of restrictions, a regional stay-at-home order.

The state is broken into five regions. And when the remaining ICU capacity where you live drops below 15%, you have to abide by a new stay-at-home order. That means pretty much all non-essential businesses shut down, socializing with anyone outside of your household is banned, and restaurants have to do takeout or delivery only. The one big exception is retail stores. Those can stay open up to 20% capacity. Regions have to stay shut down for at least three weeks. Not sure where your county falls when it comes to reopening tiers and stay-at-home orders? We have an easy-to-use map on our website,