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MARCH 13TH - LA County Moves into Less Restrictive Red Tier and Announces Sector Reopenings
LA County announced that we have officially moved into the State’s Red Tier (Substantial) in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. This is based on decreasing case rates and test positivity rates. The red tier still acknowledges that there is “substantial” COVID-19 transmission in the community, but allows for further reopenings with safety protocols in place. 

Los Angeles County confirmed that it will principally align with the state’s reopening framework for the red tier, with mandatory masking, distancing, and infection control practices for every business and permitted activity. They have also included additional safety modifications for certain sectors.

Effective Monday, newly permitted activities and modified safety protocols in the red tier include the following:

  • Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  • Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  • Retail (Including Indoor Malls) and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions:  8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.

The full updated Health Officer Order can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/reopening-la.htm#orders

We’re excited to be entering this new phase that will allow for more businesses and sectors of our economy to open up again. We would not have gotten here without a commitment from residents to adhere to public health safety protocols like avoiding large gatherings, masking, and physical distancing. We ask that everyone continue to adhere to these proven safety protocols so we can stay on this path to recovery as vaccine rollout expands and more people get vaccinated. One year later, we’re hopeful that we’re in the final stretch of this difficult period.

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