Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county plans to issue its own operating guidelines for restaurants, theaters, gyms, outdoor live events and reopening of theme parks as the county planned to move to the less restrictive “red” level of the reopening of California. plan.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the relaxation of state restrictions earlier Wednesday. But local health officials have the power to be more restrictive than the state. Los Angeles health officials have exercised this option in the past. In restaurants, for example, LA officials have banned outdoor TV screens even though state guidelines allow it. Ferrer says there is no definitive answer yet on whether indoor dining will be allowed, although it is an activity allowed in the “red” level of the master plan. government for a more secure economy.
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“We’re looking at what’s going on statewide. We will have a definitive answer on this tomorrow, ”she said.
Anyway, said Ferrer, “I’m going to ask everyone to take a look. [at the new rules] tomorrow and be compliant.
“The state has a slide towards a purple strategy,” she recalled. “The only exception is for schools.”
Newsom said earlier that the state would meet its threshold for delivering 2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to low-income and hard-hit communities on Friday. This will trigger a change in the state’s blueprint for a safer economy, pushing Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties into the “red” level of this matrix. This red level allows more businesses to reopen. LA has been in the most restrictive level of the governor’s master plan since August.
Ferrer said on Wednesday she believed the county had 48 hours after the state announced the vaccination threshold had been reached to officially drop to the red level. If the goal is met on Friday, as Newsom announced, the county would move forward on Sunday.
On Tuesday, however, two members of the LA County Supervisory Board said they supported full alignment with state guidelines as soon as possible.
State officials recently announced that theme parks would be allowed to reopen on April 1 at 15% capacity, with visitors in the state only. This schedule is now advanced by approximately two weeks. Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced on Tuesday that Disneyland would reopen “at the end of April.”
According to state guidelines, theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
Live outdoor events like sports and concerts are allowed to reopen at 20% capacity. This includes suites at 25% occupancy per suite and no more than three households in each suite.
It remains to be seen to what extent local health guidelines meet these criteria.
Newsom appeared confident during a visit to a mobile vaccination clinic in South Gate on Wednesday.
“Southern California, you will benefit from it,” he said.
City News Service contributed to this report.