Los Angeles County qualified to move into the least restrictive, or “yellow” tier, of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening protocol on Tuesday.
After holding a test positivity rate under 2% and an adjusted daily case rate below two cases per 100,000 residents for a week, the county met the requirements to transition from the “orange” tier into the “yellow” one, which is the state’s final and least restrictive tier.
According to state data released Tuesday, L.A. County’s test positivity rate over the prior week stood at 0.7%, and the adjusted daily case rate declined to 1.6. The county had already met the first benchmark for several weeks, but only just reached the threshold for the second.
The change allows local health agencies, such as the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the Pasadena Public Health Department, to loosen their own restrictions allowing for greater capacity at many businesses.
Fitness centers, cardrooms, wineries and breweries would be permitted to increase indoor occupancy to 50%, up from the current 25%; bars would be able to open indoors at 25% capacity; outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium or the Rose Bowl could increase capacity to 67%, up from the current 33%; and amusement parks could allow 35% capacity, up from 25%.
Neither county nor city public health officials had issued new guidelines in response to the tier change.
L.A. County officials planned to revise their health order Wednesday, with changes taking effect on Thursday, City News Service reported.
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