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Vaccine Milestones Allow for Broader Reopening 

 IMPERIAL COUNTY – State of California Health Officials announced today that California has successfully administered 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the most underserved communities throughout the State.  Reaching this milestone allows broader reopening and paves the way for Counties to advance more quickly through the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  Based on the updated guidance, Imperial County can now move to the Moderate or Orange level of the State’s Tier System.  Changes go into effect Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  In total, over 33% of California residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (over 19 million doses administered).  Locally, nearly 71 thousand doses of first and second doses combined have been administered.   


“The fact that the number of COVID-19 vaccines available and being administered throughout California is increasing is exceptionally good news,” stated Dr. Stephen Munday, Imperial County Health Officer. “Getting the vaccine and continuing to follow safety precautions is our quickest path forward.  I’m extremely proud of those in our community who have chosen to get the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage those who have not yet gotten it to enroll to receive it as soon as it becomes available.”  


The following is an abbreviated list of services and activities allowed under the Orange Tier.  For a full list of activities and required modifications, please see the Blueprint for a Safety Economy Activity and Business Tiers table.  

  • Bars (where no meal is served): Open outdoors with modifications. 
  • Family entertainment centers: Open indoors with modifications.  Max capacity 25% or 50% if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.  
  • Fitness centers and gyms: Open indoors with 25% max occupancy; indoor pools open at 25% occupancy.  
  • Movie theaters: Open indoors with 50% max occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Offices: Open indoors with modifications though telework is still encouraged.  
  • Places of worship: Open indoors with 50% max occupancy.  
  • Retail (including standalone grocers): Open indoors at full capacity with modifications.  
  •  Restaurants:  Open indoors with 50% max occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Shopping centers (including swap meets and indoor malls): Open indoors at full capacity with modifications; common areas must remain closed and food courts are at reduced capacity. 
  • Outdoor live events w/assigned seating:  In-state visitors only.  Max 33% capacity or 67% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.   
  • Effective April 15th: Indoor Seated Live Events and Performances: In-State visitors only.  Modification and capacity limits based on venue size apply.  
  • Effective April 15th:  Private Events:  Outdoor - Max 100 people or 300 if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.   


To check eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccines and to register for available COVID-19 vaccine clinics, residents are encouraged to enroll in the State’s My Turn system at

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