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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.


tier level grid based on county risk levels


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.



The Governor moved SLO County into the Red Tier on September 22, 2020. This stage allows multiple sectors to open indoor operations with modifications. These include restaurants, gyms including hotel fitness centers and places of worship. To view a full list of the status of various sectors, click HERE.

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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