LA County loosens restrictions on film and television production, live events – Deadline

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health slightly eased restrictions on film, television and commercial productions and live events in Greater Los Angeles as hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 continue to decline In the region.

The new directive, which went into effect this week, includes a doubling of audience capacity for live outdoor events if everyone is vaccinated or tested for Covid-19. The new guidelines, outlined in Appendix J of the Los County Health Workers Ordinance here), apply immediately to all current and future permits obtained through FilmLA, the city and county film licensing office.

Large outdoor events, such as concerts, can now meet the capacity limits set in the Department of Health’s new outdoor live performance protocol (read it here). Audiences should be masked and individuals or households should be spaced 6 feet apart. The capacity is 33%, or 67% if all are vaccinated or tested, although a 6-foot distance and masking is still required.

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Indoor meals for actors and film, television and commercial production crews are now allowed at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 200 people, but al fresco dining is still highly recommended. “Productions are encouraged to continue to use outdoor catering structures as much as possible, as the safest place to remove your mask near others is always outdoors,” FilmLA said.

Indoor audiences for TV shows are still limited to hired audiences, with a limit of 50 hired, tested and masked workers. “However, the state will soon be issuing guidelines on live theatrical events with higher limits,” FilmLA said.

The easing of restrictions comes with news on Tuesday that the decline in rates of new Covid-19 cases for weeks in Los Angeles County has stalled, even as California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the State was planning to abandon its restrictive Covid-19 level system. June 15.

Due to its numbers, LA County will not be able to access the least restrictive yellow level of the aforementioned reopening levels for at least an additional three weeks. The county officially entered Orange rank last week, but did not ease its health restrictions until Monday.

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