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San Diego County Moves Into Least Restrictive Reopening Tier

Under the yellow tier, restaurants can operate indoors at 50 percent capacity

A waiter talks to patrons about the menu while in the fine dining room at Jack’s restaurant in La J Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California is set to fully reopen on June 15 but San Diego County will be moving one step closer to normal on Wednesday, June 9. The county’s adjusted case rate has been fewer than two new cases of COVID-19 per day for two consecutive weeks, so it’s been placed into yellow tier, the least restrictive level of the state’s color-coded reopening plan.

Under the yellow tier, restaurants can now operate with indoor and outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can expand their capacity to 50 percent or 200 people, whichever is fewer. All restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries can increase capacity to 75 percent by requiring guests to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Bars that don’t serve food are allowed to open indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and will be able to increase capacity to 37.5 percent with proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. In the yellow tier, nightclubs must still remain closed.