Riverside County Moves Backwards into State’s Restrictive Purple Tier

Riverside County has been moved by the State of California into the most restrictive tier­– purple. This means many businesses that offer indoor services such as restaurants, gyms and movie theatres will have 72 hours to close. Outdoor services are still allowed under the guidelines.

Riverside County metrics include a 5.2 positivity rate and 9.1 case rate per 100,000 people which falls under the red tier. What moved Riverside backwards is the failure to meet the statewide median for PCR swab tests. In other words, not enough residents in Riverside County are being tested.

Some supervisors at the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting expressed their frustration with the governor’s plan citing business could be shut down forever. Riverside County will have an opportunity to move back into the red tier in three weeks.