Los Angeles qualifies for Orange level Wednesday, but will wait 5 days – Deadline

Los Angeles on Tuesday was one of eight counties approved to move from Red to Least Restrictive Orange as part of California’s reopening. Counties are in a position to implement changes the day after they qualify, but Los Angeles health officials are choosing to keep previous restrictions in place until Monday, 4/5 as a precaution.

Orange County, on the other hand, will reopen on Wednesday, March 31.

“Tomorrow is the magic day,” when the rules of the new level can be implemented, said Doug Chaffee, Orange County Supervisor. “We are Orange, but it is the next day that it comes into play. It looks like a little sun. It’s great to go out and take it to the next level. My God, keep up the good work. We don’t want to stop at Orange. “

Vaccine appointments will be scarce in Los Angeles this week, as officials expect the system to be overwhelmed by demand from newly eligible residents

Los Angeles County health officials cited the best practice of waiting three weeks before giving the green light. “This week is crucial as we are now two weeks away from reopening many areas,” said Los Angeles Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. “There is a good reason for us to stay [three weeks] at a level before moving to a less restrictive level, ”she continued, citing the incubation period of the virus.

The regions moving this week have a combined population of over 17 million.

The easing of regulations could go into effect as early as Wednesday or until next week, depending on the decisions of local health officials, who may be more stringent than state health workers. Los Angeles officials are waiting a few days to make sure there is no outbreak and, according to Ferrer, to give businesses time to prepare. She noted that Los Angeles will update its county health official’s order this Friday with the exact details. She expected the county to closely follow state guidelines for reopening areas.

In all, eight counties were upgraded from red to orange in the reopen Blueprint. These regions were Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Los Angeles, Modoc, Orange, Santa Cruz and Tuolumne. This move will loosen the capacity limits of the red level restriction levels and also allow a few other types of indoor entertainment businesses to open. According to state guidelines, movie theaters, for example, can go from 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less.

The move to the Orange tier movement also eases capacity restrictions in stores, places of worship, museums, zoos and aquariums, all of which can increase their indoor capacity by 25% to 50%; restaurants, like theaters, are allowed to increase indoor capacity by 25% to 50%; and indoor gymnasiums and yoga studios can increase from 10% to 25% of their capacity. Outdoor sports and live performances can also restart on Thursday with 33% capacity for those at the Orange level. Ferrer said the county would align with the state on the latter.

LA also delayed its reopening the last time restrictions were relaxed.

When it was announced on March 11 that LA and Orange Counties could reopen businesses as early as March 12, LA released its own operating guidelines, anticipating reopening to begin on March 15. Other counties, like Orange, reopened on March 12. A county must stay in a new level for 3 weeks before moving on. Given the March 15 date and the three week rule, LA County officials are waiting until April 5.

The move is good news for theme parks. When Universal Studios Hollywood reopens on April 15, it will be able to do so at 25% instead of 15%. The same goes for Disneyland when it opens on April 30. The parks will also be able to reopen indoor dining rooms at 25% of their capacity.

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