California is back in the purple – what does that mean for us?


Arissa Leomiti

With California going back into the purple zone, this means that many restaurants and operations are starting to close again until numbers decrease.

Arissa Leomiti, Staff Writer

In a recent press release, Alameda County has stated that they are back in the purple zone for COVID because people are not taking precautions seriously and are continuing to not stay home and hang out in large groups.

On December 4, many counties including Alameda were issued a stay-at-home order, similar to what was experienced back in March. These restrictions are only expected to last for a few weeks or months, depending on whether the numbers increase or not.

“Personally, I know of two people close to me who have gotten it, my sister and my brother’s girlfriend. My sister got the shorter end of the stick and showed symptoms and had a rough recovery but got there, I am making sure I can continue to be safe so I can make sure my family members are safe as well,” said Andrea Anderson (‘22).

Because we are back in the “purple” zone, many non-essential business operations must be closed again. Restaurants, gyms, and churches can resume services but have to be outdoors only and adhere to the guidelines. 

“The reintroduction to closing restaurants, gyms, churches, and small businesses makes me a bit frustrated, especially because many stores cannot stay running for much longer without any income coming in, but I am still appreciative of the fact that people are supporting small businesses and that correct precautions are being taken. It’s better to be safe than sorry and if these closings are needed to prevent relapse of rising numbers, then I am all for it,” said Ria Wadmark (‘22).

We might not know when this will stop, but we have the ability to help prevent the numbers from increasing. There isn’t much asked of people besides staying home and avoiding indoor gatherings with other households.

“To do my part in keeping myself and others safe, I have minimized going out greatly, limiting myself to only stores for food and necessities. I have been making sure to take my parents and elders’ family’s health into consideration, so me and my brother do the errand runs because we are the least susceptible to getting sick,” said Wadmark (‘22).

As time progresses, everyone should be doing their part in helping to ensure the safety of all. It’s key that you continue to socially distance yourself and wear a mask!