Seeing red took on a whole new meaning Tuesday, Sept. 29 when Sacramento County announced it qualified to move into the second tier in the state framework that lays out the measures each county must meet to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

Joining existing essential businesses, schools, churches, dining rooms, gyms and movie theaters will be able to welcome patrons inside their open doors with modifications.

Retail stores already open at 25% capacity may move to 50% capacity, while the newly opened businesses will remain at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

However, gyms will be limited to 10% capacity.

“This is a step in the right direction for our local businesses,” Galt District Chamber of Commerce President Rachelle Herendeen said. “Our local business owners are our friends, families and neighbors and they have been suffering these last seven months. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get back to work, and help revive our local economy.”

The county must continue to meet criteria for Red Tier 2 for an additional two weeks before allowing all schools, TK-12th, the option to open for in-person instruction.