San Mateo and Marine counties Tuesday advanced into the second most restrictive category of the California reopening scheme, according to the California Department of Public Health. Both are out of the purple level, the category that imposes the strictest coronavirus rules.
Currently, all counties in the state are at the purple level except for 11 counties. But Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday that as rates of coronavirus cases continue to decline in the Bay Area and across California, five counties are turning red and he expects eight more counties to be allowed to ease restrictions next week – and “more than that in two weeks.”