California launches color-coded coronavirus plan, some business allowed to reopen

A new color-coded, tiered system in California for coronavirus cases will allow some businesses like hair salon, barbershops and malls to reopen.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California launched a new reopening system on Monday to track when counties will be able to reopen business and schools.

“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and we need to adapt,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said during a Friday press conference. 

The new ranking system is a four-tiered approach. Counties will be color-coded as either purple, red, orange or yellow depending on two criteria: COVID-19 daily case count per 100,000 people and positivity rate.

The purple tier represents widespread coronavirus infection (more than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 people and a more than 8% positivity rate). Red represents substantial infection (4-7 daily new cases per 100,000 people and a 5-8% positivity rate). Orange represents moderate infection (1-3.9 daily new cases per

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