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Orange County Moving to Most Restrictive COVID-19 Tier, Newsom Says

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Citing what he called an unprecedented spike in new COVID-19 cases across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Nov. 16 that the state is hitting an “emergency brake” on economic activity, moving 28 counties—including Orange—back to the most restrictive tier of California’s matrix governing business operations. The move means 41 of the state’s 58 counties are now in the restrictive “purple” tier, which severely restricts capacity at retail establishments, closes fitness centers, and limits restaurants to limited outdoor-only service. The 41 counties represent 94.1 percent of the state’s population. Before Nov. 16, only 13 counties were in the “purple” tier. The reclassifications will officially take effect Nov. 17, according to the governor’s office. Orange County had been in the slightly less-restrictive “red” tier of the four-level matrix, which allowed more businesses to operate at increased capacities, and allowed restaurants to offer indoor dining. But the county was already …