The news just keep getting more and more hopeful every week for California! As of today the state has officially met its goal of giving 2 million COVID-19 vaccines to residents. Because of this, indoor restaurants and gyms are now allowed to reopen starting Monday, March 15!
KTLA News reported today:
Thirteen counties are set to move from the most restrictive purple tier to the red tier in the state’s four-tier, color-coded system for reopenings, including Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.
Starting on Monday in L.A. County, schools can choose to bring back students in grades 7 through 12 for on-site learning, and restaurants, gyms, museums and zoos in Los Angeles County can reopen for indoor operations at limited capacity, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said Friday.
Each county can choose which sectors to reopen from the list of those permitted by the state in each tier. After a year of strict closures and restrictions, here’s what’s changing on Monday in Los Angeles County:
- Museum, Zoos and Aquariums: can open indoors at 25% capacity.
- Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios: can open indoors at 10% capacity with masks required.
- Movie theaters: can open indoors at 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Theaters must have reserved seating and groups should sit at least 6 feet apart.
- Retail and personal care services: can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
- Restaurants: can open indoors at 25% max capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Tables have to be spaced 8 feet apart, with just one household allowed per table with a limit of 6 people seated together. Ventilation should be increased and restaurant employees interacting with customers are urged to have additional masking protection, like N95 masks or double masks and a face shield. Meanwhile, outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from three different households.
- Institutes of higher education: can reopen all permitted activities with required safety modifications, except for student housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
- Schools: are permitted to reopen for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12, while adhering to all state and county guidelines to curb coronavirus spread.
- Private gatherings: can happen indoors with up to three separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without masks and distancing.
And according to state guidelines, a move to the red tier also means that starting April 1, major theme parks in those counties can reopen at 15% capacity, while ballparks and stadiums can welcome back fans at 20% capacity.
This is very exciting news for California residents! Now that theme parks can reopen indoor dining at 25% max capacity (or 100 people), we are awaiting official announcements from all California theme parks on when they will be reopening their indoor dining.
This news also comes shortly after it was announced that California theme parks can reopen starting April 1. Now the question is for those who have reserved tickets to special events such as “A Touch of Disney” or a “A Taste of Universal“: Will the parks be opening up indoor dining for Guests during their special ticketed events? We will keep all of you Insiders updated as we get more news on this!
To read the full story from KTLA 5, click here.
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