Stanislaus and Merced counties were among those across California moved back to the state’s most restrictive tier of coronavirus guidelines Monday in response to climbing COVID-19 numbers.
The purple tier designation means that the virus is considered to be widespread.
While the counties are in purple status - the most restrictive of the four color-coded tiers in the state’s reopening guidelines - restaurants will no longer be able to offer indoor dining, churches and gyms can operate outdoors only and retailers must limit their capacity to 25 percent.
Schools which have reopened can continue to operate, in accordance with state guidelines.
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