Ventura County has dropped to the most restrictive COVID-19 reopening framework tier, the state announced Monday.

Formerly in the red tier, Ventura’s purple tier status means a closure of some indoor activities, including those at restaurants, churches, gyms and movie theaters. Retail operations can continue indoors under the purple tier, but capacity is reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent.


California’s four tiers — purple, red, orange and yellow — dictate if businesses need to reduce capacity and/or operate outdoors.


The Ventura County case rate for the coronavirus per 100,000 residents is currently 7.2, according to the Ventura County Recovers website. Counties with case rates above 7 are placed in the purple tier.


Forty-one counties in California are currently in the purple tier, the state said.