Olivia Treynor/Town Crier
Downtown restaurants are in the process of installing parklets to help with outdoor dining space, and owners are being cautious if the county were to allow indoor dining.

Santa Clara County announced last week that when it moves into the orange, or “moderate,” tier in the state’s new COVID-19 tier system for counties, restaurants can open indoors and indoor gatherings will be allowed.

The earliest the county can move ahead from the red, or “substantial,” tier is next Tuesday. This would mean that the county would anticipate remaining below 3.9 daily new cases per day, per 100,000 residents. The county currently is at an adjusted case rate of 3.5 new daily cases, putting it in the “moderate” tier. Its 1.8% positivity rate is well into the “moderate” tier.

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