Orange County Advances from Purple Tier to Less-Restrictive Red Tier: Will We See Indoor Dining Resume at Downtown Disney?

Image Source: Disneyland

According to the OC Register, Orange County has shown enough progress against the coronavirus in recent weeks that it shifted Tuesday, September 8, from the most critical purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier in the state’s new pandemic tracking system.

This means that Orange County’s two most crucial COVID-19 metrics, a daily average of new cases and the share of tests that come back positive, are low enough to allow a new range of business sectors and other public places to reopen, though in many cases with some restrictive modifications such as limits on capacity.

State officials announced the tier shift from purple for “widespread” risk to red for “substantial” risk on Tuesday, September 8.

Now, restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship can resume indoor operations at 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Image Source: OC Register

Gyms, yoga studios, museums and others forced to operate outside can now open indoors – gyms and yoga studios at 10% capacity, museums at 25% capacity.

Grocery stores and other retailers can up their indoor capacities from one-quarter to half.

But other sectors such as bars, concert venues and theme parks must remain closed. Employees at non-essential offices are still to continue working from home.

Orange County’s K-12 schools again are on track to reopen in two weeks, on September 22.

Orange County’s adjusted case rate by Tuesday was 5.2 daily cases per 100,000 residents and 4.2% of tests are coming back positive, lower than the red tier’s testing positivity range.

In the state Department of Public Health’s new pandemic tracking scheme, counties remain in a tier for at least three weeks. Tiers can’t be skipped.

So, all this being said, could we be seeing Downtown Disney Restaurants opening up soon for indoor dining?

Now that the county in which Disneyland resides in can reopen indoor dining at up to 25% capacity, or a total of 100 people, we could see more restaurants start to open back up!

Dining spots in Downtown Disney that still have not reopened are: Catal Restaurant, Splitsville Luxury Lanes Dining, Taqueria at Tortilla Joes, Napolini Pizzeria, and Sprinkles.

Continue to follow The Kingdom Insider for the latest Disney updates and news!