The State of California moved Orange County to its Red tier for pandemic status today. The county, which is home to the Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm, had been in the Purple tier, which is the state's most restrictive. The change will allow the resumption of indoor dining at up to 25 percent of a restaurant's capacity.
That means that restaurants at Disneyland's Downtown Disney — as well as Knott's Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant — may soon be able to resume limited indoor service. While dining is permitted up to 25 percent of capacity, restaurants with more than 400 seats will be limited to no more than 100 diners.
In addition, retail shops in the county now may move from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity, allowing more people to shop at Downtown Disney and Knott's California Marketplace. Movie theaters now may open at 25 percent capacity in the county, as well. However, theme parks remain closed throughout the state, regardless of county status. But today's changes might also affect operations at Knott's Taste of Knott's event, which could allow more indoor activities.
Under the state's tier system, counties can impose more stringent restrictions than the state imposes, but Orange County moved immediately to allow the changes permitted by the state.
"Today, Orange County takes another step in the right direction in our fight against COVID-19. As we move into the state’s less stringent “red tier” designation, the restrictions on our business sectors will be significantly relaxed," Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel said. "With our continued hard work, I am confident that we will continue trending in the right direction and move into the Orange tier in the not too distant future. The County of Orange can’t get there without everyone’s help and participation in observing health guidelines."Tweet
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