Indoor arcades and playgrounds – such as laser markers, balls or “jumping” centers – will be limited to 25% capacity, along with other mandatory safety modifications.
Bars, which are currently only allowed to work outdoors, have been limited to 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., but these restrictions have already been lifted.
However, the easing of restrictions comes amid continuing concerns about the slowing pace of vaccinations in the county. In a statement Friday, County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reiterated the urgency of people to be inoculated, while continuing to adhere to other health guidelines to prevent the virus from reviving locally.
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“We need to continue to be careful and take reasonable precautions in the coming weeks as we vaccinate more people, especially as we strive to move to the most restrictive level in the state̵
“Most people in Los Angeles County are not fully vaccinated, and some cannot be vaccinated,” she said. “Getting a full vaccination against COVID-19 is effective in preventing serious illness and death and protecting our entire community.” ‘
The county is expected to reach the most restrictive yellow level of the state’s plan for a safer economy when updated statistics are released on Tuesday. Ferrer said that if the county qualifies for the relocation, a new health order will be published on Wednesday with lighter restrictions, which will take effect on Thursday.
Entering the yellow level will mainly allow higher capacity constraints for most businesses. For example, gyms, card rooms, wineries and breweries will be allowed to increase indoor capacity by up to 50%, compared to the current 25%; bars will be able to open indoors at 25%; outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium can increase capacity by up to 67% from the current 33%; and amusement parks can allow 35%, compared to 25%.
The county also reviewed its health order this week to include changes to the guidelines for wearing masks recommended this week for fully vaccinated people by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The audits also indicate that COVID surveillance tests are no longer recommended for fully vaccinated people unless they work in qualified nurses or other high-risk facilities, travel abroad, or are required by a specific business or facility.
The county reported another 21 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, while health officials in Pasadena announced two more, raising the cumulative amount from the start of the pandemic to 23,892. Another 405 cases were confirmed by the county while Pasadena added two and Long Beach 29, raising the total number of the entire pandemic to 1,233,091.
According to state data, 414 people were hospitalized in the district on Friday, compared to 420 on Thursday, 88 in intensive care and 98 on Thursday.
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