Kern County on track to move into the yellow tier as early as May 12

Coronavirus Kern County
Posted at 2:08 PM, Apr 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 18:57:18-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Kern County is on track to enter the least restrictive yellow tier as soon as May 12, Kern County Public Health Director Brynn Carrigan announced.

During the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, Carrigan said Kern is already meeting two of the metrics for the yellow tier. The county has an adjusted case rate of 3.4 per 100,000 people, a positivity rate of 1.4% and a health-equity positivity rate of 1.5%.

In order to move into the yellow tier, the county must have fewer than 2 daily cases per 100,000 people, less than a 2% positivity rate and less than a 2.2% health-equity positivity rate.

In the yellow tier, capacity for gathering increases. Shopping mall food courts are able to reopen with reduced capacity. Gyms and fitness centers capacity increases to 50%. Bars can resume indoor services at 25%.

The county must meet the metrics for at least two consecutive weeks to be able to move into the yellow tier.

To see the full breakdown of changes in the yellow tier, see here.

*Correction: A previous version of this story stated that in the yellow tier salons and shopping malls can reopen with modifications. The story has been updated to clarify the changes in the yellow tier.