Standards for Re-opening; Dining Out Means Outdoors, and Limited Capacity is Still Required

As Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the less restrictive Orange Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order went into effect on Monday, April 5 at to reflect newly permitted activities.

Below is a listing of what is now allowed to be open:
Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures.
Indoor operations are not permitted.
Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking.
There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated.
Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households.
There can be no live entertainment, television indoors is permitted, and hours of operation are from 11:30 AM until 10 PM.
The City has refined the Temporary Use Permit process to allow for bar establishments to utilize private parking lots and adjacent public rights-of-way.

Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas; however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces.

Reservations are required for indoor seating.
There is a maximum of 6 people per table, and they must be from the same household.
There is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.

Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less with continued safety modifications.

Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.

Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity, and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.

Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.

Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.

Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.

Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 or a mask with a face shield.

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.

Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

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