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As of 12:01am Monday, March 15th, LA County has officially moved from the purple tier into the less restrictive red tier, as part of California’s ongoing Blueprint For A Safer Economy program. The transition means modified reopenings for multiple sectors of the County, including gyms, movie theaters, yoga and dance studios, museums, zoos, and aquariums. For restaurants, it means that for the first time since last summer, indoor dining can begin to resume.
That said, don’t expect an indoor free-for-all. There are several important rules and modifications to know about. Per the LA County Public Health Department, these include:
Maximum 25% capacity or 100 people total inside, whichever is fewer. Eight feet of distancing between tables inside, one household per table with a limit of six people per table.
All customers must wear masks when entering, using the restrooms, or walking anywhere within the facility.
For outdoor dining, members from up to three different households, for a maximum of six people total, may now be seated together at the same table.
Additionally, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that don’t serve food are now allowed to open for outdoor operations. Modifications include required reservations, a 90-minute time limit per table, and venues closing by 8pm.
These looser regulations are a massive shift that comes on the heels of steep declines in test positivity rates, hospitalizations, and death count. If you’re wondering how LA County got here and the numbers behind this decision, be sure to check out our full breakdown of the County’s reopening process, broken down by tiers.