Placer County got the green light from the state to reopen schools and some businesses at a capacity of up to 25 percent.

Infection rates for COVID-19 in Placer County reached a threshold low enough to trigger less restrictive measures as outlined in a color-coded reopening system the state launched in August.

Residents and business owners are being urged by the county to keep up social distancing and continue enhanced safety measures to reduce the spread of the disease as some restrictions are lifted.

Schools in Placer County can reopen for in-classroom instruction for all grades, but no blanket re-openings are planned.

Each school district must decide on its own how to initiate their reopening plans under county guidelines.

Some districts, including Rocklin Unified School District, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District, Placer Union High School District and Loomis will take a hybrid approach with staggered class schedules.

Roseville City School District will plan to move forward in the same manner.

While other schools in Auburn will wait for next month before reopening.

Restaurants such as Buck & Sadies, House of Oliver and Land Ocean New American Grill, Monkey Cat and Old Down Pizza in Lincoln all opened recently.

Breweries were also seating people inside, but bars aren’t yet permitted to open unless they’re operating alongside nearby food trucks.

Placer officials also voted to lift a county-wide emergency as infection rates and hospital occupancy drop. Residents must still abide by the state’s orders despite the county’s decision.

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