Businesses adjust again to purple tier
Last updated 12/1/2020 at 4:48am
After Kern County dropped back to the purple tier, businesses
have become more stringent about the wearing of
masks and social distancing.
Residents were warned a week in advance that the numbers were on the rise and
the county was destined to drop from the red to the purple
tier immediately. That is seven months to the day that
the county went on its original quarantine, lockdown and
During the few weeks where it was raised to the red,
people took full advantage to take care of business that had
been prevented. This time, the governor is allowing hair
and nail salons to remain open, limiting the number of customers to only 25% occupancy.
Even though restaurants have had to discontinue
their dining-in services, most are
offering take out or delivery.
Catrina’s Mexican Cantina was caught off
guard by the drop to the purple tier after reopening
the dining room. The owner quickly
let the public know via Facebook that she
would be recreating the restaurant’s outdoor
dining availability as soon as possible.
Café 101 continues to offer take out;
however, there is no delivery service offered.
Starbucks is now only open for pick
up or drive-thru service.
Stores such as Walmart are limiting the
number of customers inside and everyone
is required to don a mask upon entering,
and non-essential businesses are once again
The virus numbers for Wasco went from
1,625 cases on Nov. 3 to 1,891 on Nov. 24.
The number of recovered cases went from
644 on Nov. 3 to 676 on Nov. 24. The presumably
recovered numbers went from 633
on Nov. 3 down to 527 on Nov. 24.
The number of cases in Shafter went
from 1,353 cases on Nov. 3 to 1,576 on
Nov. 24 and the number of recovered cases
dropped from 703 on Nov. 3 to 676 on Nov.
24. The number of presumably recovered
on Nov. 3 was 633 and dropped to 527 on
The increase in positive tests may be because
several organizations are stepping up
their testing and increasing the number of
The numbers at Wasco State Prison remain
similar with 318 total cases, 10 new
cases within the past 10 days, 24 active
while in custody numbered and 32 released
while active and 262 resolved cases.