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Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Understanding the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy"

August 28, 2020: Governor Newsom introduced a new tiered "Blueprint for a Safer Economy". This tiered system now replaces the previous county data monitoring list.

California will fully open its economy on June 15th if the following criteria are met:

  • Vaccine supply is sufficient for Californian's 16 years and older
  • Hospitalization rates are stable and low*


In effect, the tiered, county-by-county system of business restrictions will go away on June 15th.

*State health officials expect the current downward trend in hospitalizations and upward trend in vaccinations will continue in the intervening weeks to trigger the re-opening date, but reserve the right to extend it should the situation unexpectedly worsen.



Each county was assigned to a tier based on an adjusted case rate and test positivity from the prior two reporting periods on August 28, 2020. If a county's case rate and test positivity measure fell into two different tiers, the county was assigned the more restrictive tier.


SLO County is in the Moderate Tier.

To view a full list of the status of various sectors and regulation modifications, click the button below and use the search bar to find San Luis Obispo County's assessment.

Moving Through the Tiers

Rules of the framework:

  • CDPH will assess indicators weekly on Mondays and release updated tier assignments on Tuesdays .
  • A county must remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a less restrictive tier.
  • A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
  • If a county's adjusted case rate for tier assignment and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.
  • City local health jurisdiction (LHJ) data will be included in overall metrics, and city LHJs will be assigned the same tier as the surrounding county
  • An LHJ may continue to implement or maintain more restrictive public health measures if the local health officer determines that health conditions in that jurisdiction warrant such measures.

To Advance:

  1. A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks.
  2. A county must meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.
  3. In addition, the state will establish health equity measures that demonstrate a county's ability to address the most impacted communities within a county.

To Move Back:

  1. During the weekly assessment, if a county's adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has fallen within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods, the county must revert to the more restrictive tier.
  2. At any time, state and county public health officials may work together to determine targeted interventions or county wide modifications necessary to address impacted hospital capacity and drivers of disease transmission, as needed.
  3. Counties will have three days to implement any sector changes or closures unless extreme circumstances merit immediate action.

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