Live indoor events and performances will be allowed in L.A. County starting Thursday, with L.A. Public Health updating its COVID-19 health order.
California gave the OK for indoor events such as arena sports and theater entertainment to start on April 15, and L.A. County will align itself with those measures.
“These changes align with the state changes to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy regarding indoor live events and performances, private events such as conferences, receptions and meetings, and private informal gatherings,” L.A. Public Health said in a media release, Monday. “The updated Health Officer Order reflecting these modifications will be posted online on Wednesday along with changes to the protocols for each of these sectors.”
Among the measures for indoor events will be a capacity limit of 2,000 people for large venues such as Staples Center or The Forum—a number that can increase to 25% capacity if everyone in the arena is either vaccinated or shows proof of a negative COVID-19 test.“
We are incredibly excited that the State of California announced guidelines today that will allow Lakers fans to return to STAPLES Center,” the Lakers said in an April 2 statement. “Now that we have the guidance, we will work with LA County Public Health and STAPLES Center to finalize our plans to have fans safely attend our games starting with the Lakers vs. Celtics game on April 15th.”
There is also a possibility of having separate sections within the venues where fully vaccinated people may sit shoulder-to-shoulder, with masks, while non-vaccinated people may be seated in a curated, socially-distanced manner.
For smaller venues that hold 1,500 people or fewer, there will be a capacity limit of 15% or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
All indoor events will be open to California residents only.
Conferences, receptions and meetings will also be allowed starting April 15, with no more than six unvaccinated people per table and assigned seating. Masking and social distancing measures are also required.
There were 411 positive single-day cases of COVID-19 reported Monday in L.A. County, with three new deaths. Hospitalizations have fallen below 500, as there are currently 470 people hospitalized with COVID-19 related complications.