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L.A. County Moving to Red Tier on Monday

Movie theaters can reopen with some modifications. | Courtesy photo by Nick Bolton on Unsplash

Permitted to reopen indoors next week with safeguards: On-site learning for grades 7-12, dining, movie theaters, gyms, museums and zoos

Los Angeles County has met the state’s threshold to reopen key sectors and starting on Monday will permit middle and high schools, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, museums, zoos and aquariums, to resume indoor operations with safeguards in place. 

Restaurants will be allowed to resume indoor dining with capacity limited at 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Tables must be kept 8 feet apart. Only one household can be seated per table with a maximum of six people. If dining outdoors, member from three households maybe seated at one table with a limit of six people.

Schools will be allowed to resume in-person learning but local school districts can decide whether that will occur and when.

Movie theaters are allowed to reopen with capacity limited at 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Reserved seating must be required.

Gyms, fitness centers and yoga studio can resume indoor operations at 10% capacity and personal training can be offered once more. However, masks will still be required at all times.

Museums, zoos and aquariums will need to limit indoor capacity at 25%.

The county’s health officer orders and sector protocols will be updated Friday to reflect the changes.

In alignment with the state’s reopening blueprint, mandatory masking, distancing and infection control practices remain in place for every business and permitted activity, and certain sectors have additional safety modifications required or recommended. 

Although we are taking steps to re-open some of the hardest hit sectors of our economy, that in no way means we can drop our guard now,” explained L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis. “We owe it to our neighbors, our local businesses, and our children to remain vigilant so that the re-openings are safe and long-lasting — wearing masks and physical distancing remain critical.”

“Los Angeles County is experiencing the lowest case levels that we have seen throughout this pandemic; and as we enter the red tier, we are doing so with extensive research on what activities are high risk and how we can safely begin to reopen critical parts of our community and economy,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

L.A. County’s adjusted case rate is 5.2 new cases per 100,000 people. The test positivity rate is 2.5%, and in areas with the fewest health affirming resources, L.A. County has a test positivity rate of 3.6%. 

People should continue to wear face coverings when in public, continue practicing physical distancing and avoiding crowds and large gatherings. Fully vaccinated people should also continue with these practices, with some exceptions, including the ability to visit with other fully vaccinated people, indoors, without masks, per new guidance.

March 12, 2021

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