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Business Owners Decry Purple Tier

41 of California’s 58 counties, including Nevada County, are now in the Purple coronavirus tier, effectively invoking a hard stop on economic reopenings. And some local business owners spoke out at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Maria Ramos, the owner of Maria’s Restaurant in Grass Valley, decried the number of layoffs that have already occurred this year. Restaurants are among businesses having to once again close indoor operations, the first time here since early in the pandemic…

click to listen to Maria Ramos

Among other notable indoor closures are gyms, movie theatres, and churches. Meanwhile, County Public Information Officer Taylor Wolfe says testing availability has been filling up, with the renewed surge in cases…

click to listen to Taylor Wolfe

Counties can still go to a less-restrictive tier by maintaining lower case and positivity rates for two weeks. But they can now go to worse tiers if they acquire higher case numbers in just one week. 39 counties were demoted to more infectious tiers on Monday.

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