The Dallas Morning News

California reaches reopening milestone

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LOS ANGELES — For the first time since California unveiled its color-coded COVID-19 reopening system nearly eight months ago, not a single county is in the most restrictiv­e purple tier.

The milestone was reached Wednesday, when state health officials moved what had been the lone remaining occupant of the category — Merced County — into the less stringent red tier after taking a closer look at the region’s data.

As opposed to the purple tier — in which a wide swath of business sectors have to suspend or severely limit indoor operations — counties in the red tier can permit many more businesses and institutio­ns to operate but at limited capacity.

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