What’s Open and What’s Safe? This Week Tests Entry to Red Tier

On March 12, 2021, the California Department of Public Health announced that Los Angeles County will be entering the “Red Tier” of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Subsequently, the County of Los Angeles is lifting some local activity-specific restrictions effective on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Please remember that just because certain activities are allowed or certain reopening protocols are revised, that does not mean that those activities are safe and without risk.

To keep yourself, your family, your friends and neighbors, and our broader community safe, continue to follow these core principles:

Go outdoors. Outdoor activities are far safer than indoor ones.
Stay masked. Consistent and correct use of masks, especially double-masking, both indoors and outdoors, is very effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others. Physical distancing from those who do not live with you also helps to keep the virus away.
Avoid crowds. The fewer people you encounter and the fewer interactions you have, the smaller the chance the virus will spread.
Get vaccinated when its your turn. All federally authorized vaccines work well and will help protect you, your family and your friends against COVID-19.

RESTAURANTS

Indoor dining with the following modifications:

Max 25% capacity or 100 people; whichever is fewer
8 feet distancing between tables
One household per table with limit of 6 people
*all restaurant employees are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated.

Outdoor dining with modifications:

Expand from one household up to six per table to members from 3 households (up to six people) per table

RETAIL AND PERSONAL CARE

Indoor operations allowed at 50% capacity
Services may only be provided by appointment

INDOOR SHOPPING MALLS

Indoor operations allowed at 50% capacity
Common areas remain closed
Indoor capacity at food courts allowed at 25%

MOVIE THEATERS

Indoor operations allowed at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
Reserved seating required, at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between people that do not live together

GYMS, FITNESS CENTERS AND YOGA STUDIOS

Outdoor operations to continue at 50% capacity
Indoor operations allowed at 10% capacity
Climbing walls open
Gyms can offer personal training
Masking always required

MUSEUMS, ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

Outdoor capacity to continue at 50%
Indoor Capacity at 25%

SCHOOLS (K-12)

Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur
Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction
Continue to require adherence to LA County Public Health school re-opening protocols

INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less
Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity
Conduct student activities virtually when possible
No change in current restrictions on residential housing for students for Spring semester

PRIVATE GATHERING

Allowed outdoor and indoors with modifications:

Masks and physical distancing required
No more than 3 separate households attend
No food or beverages consumed unless household members attending the gathering are fully vaccinated


Businesses and customers should continue to regularly check the Los Angeles County Public Health website for updates to their sector-specific protocol(s) to ensure they are following the most current safety modifications.

Updated information can also be found in the City’s COVID Business Resources website. If you have questions as to the application of this new order to your business, please contact the City’s Business Hotline at (310) 253-5765 or email [email protected]

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