We’ve seen the entertainment industry take massive blows lately. California is ready to reroute that ill-fated train to get back on the path of prosperity. Indoor entertainment including concerts, sporting events, and theater shows will resume in California on April 15. The announcement comes with a few stipulations, however. Only eligible areas coded red, orange, and yellow can participate in the re-opening. Purple-tiered areas will remain under heavy restrictions.
In addition to the color-coded tiers, anyone wishing to attend the indoor entertainment events must do one of two things. Test negative for COVID-19 or show proof of full vaccination.
According to the Los Angeles Times, red-tiered venues that hold 1,500 people must reduce their capacity to 10%. Larger indoor entertainment venues can accommodate for 20%. April 15 also marks the date for any Californian aged 16 and up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Today’s update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a result of the progress we are making both in vaccinations and in controlling the spread of COVID-19,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. “By following public health guidelines such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated when eligible, we can resume additional activities as we take steps to reduce risk.”
Dee Dee Myers, senior advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, stated that, “California will still be one of the most restrictive states in the country. We’ll continue to move very slowly and cautiously, but moving with some transparency toward more allowable activity.”
Numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate 32% of Cali residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine.