Shut Down Again. Riverside County Back to Most Restrictive COVID-19 ‘Purple Tier’

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The California Department of Public Health Tuesday returned Riverside County to the most restrictive purple tier under the governor’s color-coded coronavirus regulatory scheme, meaning some businesses that have opened are supposed to close again — a move one supervisor said equals “putting the nail in the coffin” of some operations.

“Enough is enough,” Supervisor Karen Spiegel said after hearing the county had been reclassified. “Our kids are suffering. Our businesses are suffering. We’ve got to find a way to step forward without hurting people. This is not OK.”

According to Riverside University Health System staff, CDPH administrators decided that, based largely on low testing volumes, the county should be reduced from the red tier to the purple tier for at least three weeks. The county has been in the red tier for a month, permitting many businesses to reopen with limited capacities…

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