L.A. and Orange County are eligible to move into the ‘Orange Tier’, allowing restaurants to increase indoor dining capacity to 50% and allowing bars to reopen without offering food.
Today, the California Department of Public Health announced that both Los Angeles and Orange County have met the required metrics to move from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This will effectively allow a number of business activities to increase capacity. Of course, local authorities are allowed to impose stricter rules and businesses are encouraged to only reopen when necessary measures are in place.
#California is under the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.
— CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) March 30, 2021
This will allow restaurants, movie theaters, churches, museums, zoos and aquariums to increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50%. Gyms will be able to bump up capacity from 10% to 25%. It also means bars and wineries will be able to reopen for outdoor service without food and are no longer required to partner with a licensed food vendor. Those that do serve food will be allowed to increase capacity to 50 percent, or 200 total diners (whatever is fewer).
From April 1, amusement parks will be allowed to reopen at 25% or 500 people. Outdoor sporting arenas will also be allowed to reopen with capacity limits.
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