SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) – Fans of sports, theater and music will be able to regain their seats in California when the state of coronavirus cases fall sharply and vaccinations jump.
After a year-long ban on most indoor seats, the state was created on Friday for a literal performance that could see the resumption of NBA games and live entertainment on April 15.
Most of the 58 states will be allowed at least a few seats as they fall into the lower three levels of California’s four-level COVID-19 restriction program. Large population centers such as San Francisco, Santa Clara County, and Los Angeles County are at the second lowest limiting orange level. Only three counties, San Joaquin and Mercedes-Inio, remain at the highest purple level, indicating a “widespread” risk of COVID-19.
Others will be allowed some indoor seats with “capacity-limiting” changes, including physical distance, pre-ticket purchases, eating-drinking areas, “in-house visits,” the state health ministry said in a statement.
At the red level, up to 1,500 seats can operate at 10% capacity, up to 25% if all guests present evidence of vaccination or a negative test. Places for 1501 or more people can work at the red level with a capacity of 20%, but guests must show proof of vaccination or a negative test. Capacity increases to the extent that the virus is less common.
Government officials will not require a vaccine test or evidence for some of these cases. Testing իրադարձ Events requiring vaccinations are allowed to have more paying clients than those who do not. Only live people living in California can attend these live performances.
The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they will allow fans to return to the Staples Center for the game against the Boston Celtics on April 15.
“Obviously we don’t know exactly how many fans will be there yet, but just having them there will give us a lot of energy,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “It’s one of everyone’s favorite things to do, to go to the Lakers’ games, they couldn’t do it during this epidemic.”
San Francisco nightlife activist Ben Bleman, president of the California Association of Music and Culture, says the venues need full capacity to make money, but members will take the change, albeit with horror.
“On the one hand, you shake the joy of reopening,” he said, adding that “there is a fear that something will go wrong.”
California is easing COVID-19 restrictions as it recovers from a deadly winter wave, although public health officials are still urging people to join the social eviction and disguise protocols. Hospitalization և death rates have dropped, մարդկանց the rate of people positive for the virus is almost record low.
California rules vary for private closed gatherings, including weddings, meetings, or conventions. They are only allowed if all guests have tested negative for coronavirus at least 72 hours in advance or show evidence of complete vaccination. The amendments do not mention the need to prove vaccine proof և Business owners և operators have taken great responsibility.
“Enabling some of these vaccine-enabled activities is an incentive,” said DD Myers, director of the governor’s business and economic development office. “If they can get back to some of their preferred activities because they have been vaccinated, I hope a few more people will go and get vaccinated.”
The new rules seem to reject California’s vaccine testing system, which is hotly debated across the country. New York has launched a digital passport that residents can show for vaccine proof or a COVID-19 negative test, which is accepted at major entertainment venues. But Florida Gov. Ron Desantis on Friday issued an executive order banning businesses from requiring so-called “vaccine passports.”
The Biden administration has said the federal government will not offer a national vaccine passport program, leaving it to the private sector. But the federal government is developing regulations on how and when those passports can be used.
California Public Health Dr. Thomas Aragon said Friday that the state would follow the federal government’s example, but said vaccinations were not mandatory for services.
The new California rules come as the state administers nearly 19 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 6.9 million people are fully vaccinated in a state of about 40 million. Only people over the age of 50 are eligible for the vaccine, and on April 15, people over the age of 16 are eligible.
Har reported from San Francisco.