For Los Angeles, that “bright light at the end of the tunnel” that California Gov. Gavin Newsom keeps referring to is turning yellow. As in the yellow level, or the least restrictive, of the state reopening plan.
Los Angeles County has been at the state’s orange tier for more than three weeks and has now met the yellow tier criteria for one week. If, as anticipated, Los Angeles County continues to meet the state’s yellow tier criteria for one more week, the county will enter the yellow tier by the middle of next week.
“We expect to enter the yellow level by the middle of the week,” Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday. “We will issue an official amended health order on Wednesday that will go into effect on Thursday.”
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Going to the Yellow tier allows for increased capacity in many industries, including cinemas, concert halls, and theme parks. All of those changes will still require some security tweaks, including masking, distancing, and infection control to reduce the risk of transmission.
Sectors with increases in capacity limits include amusement parks and fairs, gyms and fitness centers, yoga studios, private events, bars, hotels and short-term lodging rentals, private meetings, breweries, indoor play areas, restaurants, arcades and race tracks, decks and race tracks. live outdoor shows and events, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers and museums, zoos and aquariums.
If the county moves to the yellow level, the state will release rating data on Tuesday, a modified order from the Los Angeles health official will be posted on Wednesday, and the order will go into effect Thursday, May 6. While counties can extend their reopening in 24 hours, Los Angeles waits another day to loosen restrictions and give companies time to adjust, according to Ferrer.
Newsom, for his part, confirmed Thursday that the state as a whole would likely abandon the tiered system of its Plan for a Safer Economy in May, a claim it had made before.
“Look, if we continue to do what we have done, I have no doubt that we will move beyond the Plan by June 15,” he said.
City News Service contributed to this report.