California COVID-19 reopening tracker

Tracking California’s coronavirus closures and reopenings

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan regulates how the California economy will restart in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How each county is rated

When and how areas are reopened is governed strictly by a four-tier classification system. Counties are slotted in one of four tiers.

California’s reopening risk tiers

Tier 1

Widespread

Most nonessential indoor business operations are closed

Tier 2

Substantial

Some nonessential indoor business operations are closed

Tier 3

Moderate

Some business operations can open with modifications

Tier 4

Minimal

Most business operations can open with modifications

Here is the current status of each of the state's 58 counties.

Tier 1
Tier 2
Tier 3
Tier 4

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The latest numbers, along with tier reassignments, are released periodically. Here is how those decisions have shifted over time.

Weekly tier assignments by county
California Department of Public Health, Times analysis

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The metrics that matter

Over the course of 2020, state leaders used a shifting series of metrics to guide decision making.

The state is now using three statistics to judge counties. With some exceptions, metrics must surpass the benchmark for the next tier in order to loosen restrictions. The latest numbers, along with tier reassignments, are released each Tuesday.

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4 Exempt
Adjusted case rate
New cases in a recent seven-day period divided into the population. Modified in some areas to account for testing volume.
Positive test rate
The percentage of tests in a recent seven-day period that come back positive.
Equity index
Disparities in disadvantaged neighborhoods compared to the county overall.

Where schools are reopening

Officials are tracking where students can return for some form of in-person instruction. About 3 million of the state’s 5.9 million public and charter school students have the option to return, according to estimates The Times derived from state data.

Track school reopenings in California

Follow the progress of elementary, middle and high schools across the state as they return to in-person learning.

What’s open in your county?

Here are the key metrics in each county and what is allowed to reopen. Some county officials may still choose to be more restrictive than the state system allows.

Track coronavirus vaccinations in California

Explore the data tracking the state’s coronavirus vaccine supply to see how and where it has been distributed so far.