Orange County and LA County Head Into the Orange Tier!

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Both Orange County and LA County are continuing to head into a positive direction! As of March 31, both counties are in the Orange (moderate) tier. According to the California COVID-19 website:

“There are two measures to determine how counties move through tiers: case rates and test positivity. We’ve been tracking these measures through regular progression and accelerated progression. To move to a higher tier with regular progression, a county must meet the case rate and test positivity thresholds for that tier for two consecutive weeks.”

With heading into the Orange tier, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and other Southern California theme parks are able to operate at a 25% maximum capacity instead of 15%. Restaurants can also now open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people. This news comes right after both Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood announce they are reopening in April!

Restaurants and movie theaters will also be able to increase capacity from 25% to 50%. Retail locations will have no capacity limit versus the current 50% capacity.

According to Deadline, “Loosening of regulations may take effect as soon as Wednesday or as late as next week, depending on decisions by local health officials, who can be more strict than state health officers. While Orange County officials have already indicated that region will apply the Orange tier guidelines tomorrow, L.A. officials may wait a few days to ensure there is time for businesses to prepare.”

According to ABC 7 News, the next tier is the Yellow tier which indicates minimal COVID-19 spread and allows for nearly all businesses to reopen indoor operations (as long as physical distancing and face-covering requirements are in place).

Disneyland and California Adventure are set to reopen on April 30th and Universal Studios Hollywood announced today they are reopening April 14th! Both parks will only be reopening to California residents at this time.

Are you as excited as we are for Disneyland and Universal Hollywood to reopen?!