California is tapping the “emergency brakes” under its Covid-19 protocols after seeing a doubling of new cases in the past 10 days, Newsom said. In just the past week, the number of counties in the highest tier for infection rates, purple, jumped to 41 from 13. That includes most all of Southern California and coastal areas, encompassing 94 percent of the state’s population. San Francisco County is among 11 counties in the second tier, red, while just six counties are in the bottom two tiers, orange and yellow, down from 23 a week ago.
Purple-tier restrictions require most indoor businesses deemed non-essential to shut down. Some businesses, such as indoor gyms and movie theaters, remain closed in the red tier, while others can operate with modifications, such as restaurants being prohibited from offering indoor dining.