LA County Moving to Less Restrictive Yellow Tier Due to Declining COVID-19 Cases
On Thursday, Los Angeles County announced that it met the requirements to begin moving down into the less restrictive COVID-19 'Yellow' tier. With Los Angeles County administering record-levels of vaccine doses, and due to a reduction in daily COVID-19 cases, the County had met state guidelines to increase capacity at several establishments.
Under California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Counties may move to the Yellow Tier if it has a daily case rate of less than 2 per 100,000 residents for at least two weeks.
According to data from the state, Los Angeles has had a daily case rate of 1.6 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of less than 2%.
LA County already moved down to the Orange Tier on April 5th, allowing businesses to begin expanding their occupancy. The move down to the Yellow Tier won't create substantial changes but will allow increased occupancy in various sectors.
To be sure, this will be an important step in our COVID-19 reopening journey. And, with vaccines now available to anyone 16 or older, California may be well-positioned to fully re-open by June 15th.
What industries and establishments are open under the Yellow tier
Retail stores may operate with no occupancy limitations.
Moreover, the following establishments must continue to operate at 50% occupancy:
- Places of worship
- Movie theaters
As per the Yellow tier, the following establishments may now operate at 50% occupancy:
- Bowling alleys
- Personal care establishments, with certain modifications
- Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can continue indoors with modifications.
- Bars can also open outdoors with modifications, but may not serve food.
Bars, may also now open at 25% occupancy, though they cannot serve food.
Additionally, outdoor live events are permitted only with assigned seating and other modifications. Some smaller amusement parks may operate with 35% capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.
As COVID-19 infection rates drop, local officials should be ready to ensure the development of safe re-entry protocols so that businesses may continue to operate and serve their communities.