Plumas retains red tier status; avoids purple for now

Plumas County received notification today that it will remain in the Red Tier, which is good news for local businesses.
The Red Tier is the second most restrictive tier of the four-tiered plan.

Plumas County has been expecting to be moved to the Purple Tier, the most restrictive tier, as its positive COVID cases continue to rise, and it still could. Due to the dramatic increase of COVID cases throughout the state and region, the state can move a county’s tier level within the week.

If Plumas County is moved to the Purple Tier the following changes would be made:
• Retail: Open Indoors with modifications: Max 25 percent capacity (Does not apply to grocery stores)

• Places of Worship: Outdoor Only with modifications


• Gyms/ Fitness Center: Outdoor Only with modifications

• Restaurants: Outdoor Only with modifications, Takeout/ Delivery allowed

• Personal Care Services: Open Indoors with Modification

• Curfew advisory for residents: From 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. effective until Dec. 21.

For a full list of sectors and current industry guidance you can go to the state’s website at

Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns encourages “all residents to come together and take simple precautions to protect yourselves, your family, your friends, your employees and anyone else who visits our communities.”

Plumas County Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff echoes Sheriff Todd Johns sentiment, “This holiday season is different than other years. COVID-19 has impacted all our communities and our lives. In order to protect our loved ones and ensure our local hospitals are not critically impacted, we need to slow the spread of this virus by only traveling when absolutely necessary, and avoiding gathering outside of our immediate households.”


Public Health reminds all residents that as we enter into the holiday season, the spread of COVID-19 continues to increase throughout the state and our county. It is vital to continue mitigating precautions. Wearing face coverings while in public places or while interacting with others not in your household, frequent hand washing, physical distancing and avoiding social gatherings with those not from your household will all help slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions please contact the Plumas County COVID-19 informational phone line 530-283-6400 or send an e-mail to or visit our website at