Supervisor Doug Chaffee, Fourth District

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May 19, 2021

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that effective May 19, 2021, Orange County (OC) will move into the Yellow Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  California’s blueprint for reopening assigns every county in California a tier based on a set criteria: positivity rate, case rate and health equity. Depending on what tier a county is assigned to, a county may loosen or tighten restrictions on activities based on the level of spread of COVID-19. Orange County has met the criteria to move into the Yellow Tier based on the following criteria:

  • Positivity Rate: 0.9
  • Case Rate: 1.5
  • Health Equity: 0.9


By moving into the Yellow Tier, most indoor business operations are open with modifications and/or will be allowed to increase their operational capacity.

To view the status of a business or activity of interest under the Yellow Tier in Orange County, please visit the State’s website at Under the “County or Tier level” search bar, enter “Orange” and/or under the “Activity” search bar, enter a business or activity and click on the “Get Status” button.

As an additional resource, residents and business owners may view the State’s Activity and Business Tiers website at Blueprint Activity and Business Tiers May, 2021 ( for a detailed chart of the activities and businesses that are
permitted under each Tier.

Doug Chaffee
Supervisor, Orange County Board of Supervisors