LA County qualifies for yellow tier, loosened COVID-19 restrictions to come Thursday

Los Angeles County is set to further loosen its coronavirus restrictions later this week.

The county has met the requirements to move into the state’s least-restrictive yellow tier for coronavirus management, according to state data released Tuesday, May 4. The change will go into effect Wednesday, though LA County’s Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer has said relaxed restrictions will not be implemented until the following day.

LA County will post its updated health order Wednesday, which could be more restrictive than what the state allows, though Ferrer has signaled the county will largely align with state guidance.

Some of the changes the state allows for counties in the yellow tier include:

Fitness centers, cardrooms, wineries and breweries can increase indoor attendance to 50% of capacity, up from 25% in the orange tier;
Bars can open indoors at 25% capacity;
Amusement parks can allow 35% occupancy, up from 25%; and
Outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium could, without proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from guests, increase capacity to 67%. (In the orange tier, venues can fill up to 67% capacity with those restrictions on guests; otherwise, occupancy is limited to 33%.)

The change in tiers was triggered because metrics tracking the spread of the coronavirus in LA County have continued to fall. The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which put the tiered system in place, allows counties to move into the least restrictive tier once their new daily case rate falls below 2 per 100,000 people, their overall positive testing rate is under 2% and their positive testing rate for underserved communities is less than 2.2% — and the numbers remain below those thresholds for two consecutive weeks.

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“Week after week, these numbers prove that the hard work we are doing in our community to protect one another is allowing us to return to the activities that we cherish,” Ferrer said Tuesday, addressing the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. “I’m grateful to live in this county where so many are doing their part to get us to this point and share in the recovery.”

State data, which is released every Tuesday, showed that LA County first met those requirements last week. And this week’s release — in which the county’s new daily case rate was 1.6 per 100,000 people, its …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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