Newsom Announces Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Newsom Announces Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Yesterday Governor Newsom released revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new blueprint replaces the current watch list approach and can be found at There are 4 tiers, from purple to yellow, with purple being the most restrictive. Nevada County falls into the red “Substantial” category.

As of Monday, August 31, RESTAURANTS in Nevada County are now allowed to open for INDOOR dining at 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is less), with safety modifications in place.

Every county is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. Then, 21 more days must pass before a County can move into the next tier. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

Please see a press release on the State’s announcement on a new tier system for counties and COVID-19 modifications on our website at: Below are some major take-aways.

The County will be holding a COVID-19 Business Workshop on Zoom: August 31 at 4:30 p.m. Please join us and share this message. Register in advance:

Impacts to Nevada County:

  • Nevada County’s Tier Ranking is in the red Tier 2 or “Substantial” Category
  • New guidelines will go into effect Monday, August 31.
  • County staff will review impacts to the community through the weekend and invites everyone to learn more via the State provided documents, tools and links. Additionally, Nevada County plans to host COVID-19 Business Workshop on Zoom to address questions Monday, August 31 at 4:30 p.m.
  • We are encouraged to report Nevada County restaurants may open indoor dining at 25% capacity beginning Monday. Nevada County Environmental Health will continue to assist with questions regarding facility’s capacity. They are also available to conduct an on-site visit to assist in creating a workable operational process that protects businesses, patrons and employees.

What we can do:

  • Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and getting tested can help move Nevada County from Tier 2 to Tier 3 and support decreased modifications to business operations.
  • Increased testing has a positive impact on our Case Rate due to an adjustment factor that is applied if our testing is better than the state average. Additionally, if fewer people get tested it means that a higher proportion of those being tested are symptomatic, thus driving up our positivity rate. Getting tested is one way to keep Nevada County moving forward through the Tiers.

COVID-19 Business Workshop on Zoom: August 31 at 4:30 p.m.: