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.
“The recent update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy reflects the positive strides we have made in vaccinations and curbing the transmission of COVID-19,” stated Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services Secretary. “By adhering to public health guidelines, such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated as soon as eligible, we can safely resume more activities while taking necessary precautions to minimize risk.”
Dee Dee Myers, a senior advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, emphasized that California will maintain its cautious approach. While progress is being made, the state will proceed with transparency and gradually expand permissible activities, ensuring California remains one of the most cautious states in the country.
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.