With cases rising again, the local ordinance on COVID-19 restriction is moving back to Phase 4, whatever that means.

While it’s unclear to most how this differs from Phase 3 or Phase 2.5 or whatever phase we were currently in, Phase 4 sounds more serious. Local officials are reinforcing that that is the point.

“Due to the spike in cases, we need to take more precautions,” the city said in a press release. “You’ll still be able to live your life sorta, but these new precautions sound tough and we need to sound tough to be tough.”

If cases continue to increase, the city may go to Phase 5 or worse yet Phase 5 Code Red Midnight.