After spending six months stuck in the state's most restrictive purple tier, Sonoma joined the majority of the Bay Area in  the second least restrictive orange tier last week because of low COVID numbers in the county. Being in the orange tier means COVID spread is moderate and businesses can operate indoors more…gyms and yoga studios can increase capacity to 25 percent, restaurants can fill up inside at 50 percent capacity. And businesses are adjusting to the more relaxed rules.

Stéphane Saint-Louis is the executive chef and owner and Table Culture Provisions, a Petaluma restaurant that started as a popup last August and now is a fully operational. Although Saint-Louis is happy to have the option of ramping up indoor service, his team decided to stay within the restrictions of the red tier and maintain 25 percent capacity inside.

"We just want to be cautious and prioritize the health of our customers and the health of our staff and just by maintaining that 25 percent and operating along those lines," Saint-Louis said. 

 While the county saw a slight increase in COVID cases last week, officials are hoping to make it into the least restrictive yellow tier in the next couple of weeks, months before Governor Gavin Newsom hopes to fully open back up the economy on June 15, according to State officials


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