As of May 6, 2021, Los Angeles County has met the threshold for the least restrictive Yellow Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Yesterday, the State released updated blueprint tier numbers; LA County’s adjusted case rate dropped from 1.9 new cases per 100,000 people to 1.6 new cases per 100,000. The overall test positivity rate dropped from 0.9% to 0.7%, and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, LA County’s test positivity rate dropped from 1.0% to 0.8%.
Vaccinations are widely available to those 16 years and older, but most people in LA County are still not fully vaccinated and remain susceptible to infection. It is vitally important that a very high percentage of LA County residents become fully vaccinated as soon as possible before new variants of the virus are allowed to spread widely. Variants have mutations that cause the virus to act differently and in ways that are significant to public health. For example, some variants may cause more severe disease, spread more easily, require different treatments, or change the effectiveness of current vaccines. Please remember, just because certain activities are allowed or certain reopening protocols are revised does not mean that those activities are safe and without risk.
The revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect today, May 6, to reflect newly permitted activities. The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:
Amusement/Theme Parks/Fairs can increase capacity to 35%. Fully vaccinated out of state visitors are permitted.
Bars that do not provide meals can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Masks are always required, except when eating or drinking; drinking and eating is only allowed while seated. Tables must be at least 6 feet apart and no counter seating/service. Indoors: Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households. TV viewing is permitted. No live entertainment permitted indoors. Outdoors: tables can have a maximum 8 persons per table from up to 3 different households; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 8 people sit together from up to 8 different households. Live entertainment and TV viewing is permitted outdoors. No counter seating/service.
Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can increase capacity indoors to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer. No live entertainment permitted indoors. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas.
Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity with continued safety modifications. There must be 6-feet distancing between tables. Maximum of 6 people from one household per table; if everyone in a group is vaccinated, 6 people can sit together from up to 6 different households.
Cardrooms/Racetracks/Satellite Wagering Facilities can operate indoors at 50% capacity. There must be 6 feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned at the tables.
Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 50% capacity. Masks are always required unless swimming.
Movie Theatres can operate at 50% capacity. Reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance between any other groups (in all directions); capacity is limited to ensure that there is at least 6 feet of distance between groups. Seating sections can be established for fully vaccinated people without 6-feet distancing requirements provided there is 3 feet of distance between these sections and other seats in the theatre. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
Family Entertainment Centers can operate at 50% capacity, 75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required.
Grocery and Retail Stores capacity remains limited to 75% with continued requirement for distancing of at least 6 feet between customers.
Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can operate at 75% capacity 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 mask or a face covering with a face shield.
Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 75% capacity with safety modifications.
Waterparks can operate at 40% capacity with safety modifications.
Youth and Adult Recreational Sports and Community Sporting Events can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals. Indoor moderate and high contact sports are permitted following Collegiate Sports Protocols, which includes regular testing.
Live Event and Performance Indoor venues up to 1,500 guests can operate at a maximum of 25% capacity or 50% if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Venues with 1,501 guests and above can operate at 10% capacity or 2,000 people, whichever is fewer, or 50% capacity for tested or fully vaccinated guests.
Live Event and Performance Outdoor venues can expand to 67% capacity with safety modifications.
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