Is California reopening too fast?

People eat at outdoor dining tables at Grand Central Market, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 3, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Seven counties across California, including San Francisco, moved into a less restrictive tier this week in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan. Indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity, stores can welcome more customers, and movie theaters and gyms can reopen. More counties, including LA, could leave the purple (most restrictive) tier in the coming weeks. But public health officials warn that reopening too quickly could undo the progress we’ve made.