SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) – California has paved the way for fans to hit the stands during their first baseball opening game and return to Disneyland after a year with coronavirus restrictions shutting down major entertainment venues.
On Friday, the state opened guidelines for reopening open spaces as the fall և winter wave seemed to be coming to an end. COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations և mortality decreased և vaccination rates increased.
The new health rules will allow the resumption of live concerts in stadiums on April 1 with limited participation. Am Amusement Parks are also allowed to reopen in states that have fallen below the state’s purple level, limiting the red line to the maximum.
In any case, the capacity of the parks will be limited, COVID-19 safety rules will apply, such as the requirements for wearing a mask.
The move came a week after California accelerated vaccinations for the poorest neighborhoods and districts that reopened more businesses.
“Stable opening is in line with the data. With the downturn, we want to get back to work and school, ”said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. “Especially outdoor activities have always been low risk. It makes sense to open these sites. ”
The reopening could not happen soon enough for Kenny King Jr., a resident of Placenta Hill in San Francisco Bay, who became Disneyland’s annual retailer a decade ago. He usually takes his family to a park in Southern California five times a year, but his last visit was just a year ago on his birthday.
King, 38, says he is excited to be back with his 8-year-old daughter, who has just started enjoying walks like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, to pick up her 2-year-old son. who was enchanted. through the lights and sounds when he visited last year.
“It’s something we just turned into our family thing, Disney Directions,” King said. “Sometimes we’re going to sit there at home, և we’re like ‘man, I’re just missing Disneyland.’ »
Thousands of workers were also fired, who were fired by Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm and other big venues. Tens of thousands of people lost their jobs in Disneyland alone, in the Orange area and its surrounding attractions, not to mention the impact of nearby restaurants and hotels.
Andrea Inder Inder, president of the local United Food and Trade Union representing Disney workers, said the workers were “excited to be back at work, to give Californians a little more magic in their lives.”
Most of the major theme parks are in Southern California, which is still in the purple category. However, the Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego areas were expected to reopen in the next few weeks as their COVID-19 numbers declined.
Currently, only 16 of the 58 counties are at the red level, and two small counties are at the orange level. None of them are in the yellow row yet, the lowest և least restrictive.
Red theme theme parks will be limited to 15% capacity.
Outdoor sports will be limited to 100 people at the purple level, but up to 67% at the yellow level.
The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A have all announced that they will have fans in the stands on the opening day of April 1. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants are both starting their seasons on the road and say they will announce their plans later.
Teams և event organizers can only sell regional tickets at the purple level. At other levels, teams և organizers can sell tickets to anyone living in California. No concessions will be allowed at the purple level, while for others the sale of concessions will only be available in seats.
Richard Hayek from San Pablo, California has already bought tickets for the return of Oakland A and hopes to bring his 10-year-old son to the game soon. His son plays Little League baseball and is very excited to play.
“It’s nice to have a normal feeling, even at reduced power,” said 45-year-old photographer Hayek.
The faster rate of reopening is linked to a new vaccination program for California’s most vulnerable. When 2 million people with 400 ZIP codes in the most vulnerable districts receive at least one dose of the vaccine, it will be easier for the states to get out of the state’s more restrictive level. When 4 million people are vaccinated in those districts, the counties will be able to open even more.
Things are plummeting in California more than a year ago when Governor Ginn Newsom established a nationwide travel order that restricted travel, closed businesses, and forced millions into unemployment. California remains one of the toughest restrictions in any state, continuing to disappoint visitors outside the state.
The state is hoping for a full reopening to vaccinate its 40 million residents to stop the spread of COVID-19.
More than 10 million doses were given just three months after the first shooting, the Department of Public Health said.
More than 3 million people have been fully vaccinated, or about 10% of the population over 16 years of age.
There are encouraging signs. The seven-day average of positive test results this week has dropped to a record low of 2.2% this week.
Despite pressure to reopen the economy, health officials say the changes to the guidelines were cautious and measured, not wholesale.
“Keep our feet on the brakes, not the gas, our eyes on the road, our hands on the wheel, navigate the data, science,” said Dr. Mark Gha Ali, secretary of the State Agency for Health and Human Services.
Associated Press writer Jan Yeni Har in San Francisco contributed to this story.