California accepts concerts where indoor sports and COVID incidents plummet

Sacramento, CA (AP) — As the number of cases of the state’s coronavirus plummets and vaccinations surge, sports, theater and music fans will be able to sit back in California.

After most indoor seating has been banned for a year, the state on Friday will set the stage for literally setting, and NBA gaming and live entertainment performances could resume in most counties from April 15th. ..

Most of the 58 counties in the state fall into the lower three levels of California’s four-tier COVID-19 restriction plan, so at least some indoor seating is allowed. Large densely populated areas such as San Francisco, Santa Clara County, and Los Angeles County are in the second least restricted orange layer. Only three counties, San Joaquin, Merced, and Inyo, remain in the highest purple layer, indicating a “widespread” COVID-19 risk.

According to the state’s public health announcement, others have “capacity limits and changes, including physical distance, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to visitors in the state. “With” some indoor seats are allowed.

In the red layer, venues with up to 1,500 people operate at 10% capacity and can grow to 25% if all guests provide evidence of vaccination or negative testing. Venue with more than 1,501 people can operate with 20% capacity in the red layer, but guests are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. In the layer where the virus is not very widespread, the capacity increases.

State authorities do not require vaccination testing or proof for some of these events. Events that require testing and vaccination are allowed to attract more paid customers than events that do not. Only people living in California can participate in these live performances.

The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that fans will be allowed to return to the Staples Center for the April 15 match against the Boston Celtics.

“We don’t know exactly how many Lakers fans we have, but having fans can give us a lot of energy,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. And they couldn’t do that during this pandemic. “

Ben Brayman, a San Francisco nightlife activist and chairman of the California Music Culture Association, said the venue needed full power to make money.

“On the one hand, there is the thrill and joy of resuming,” he added, and on the other hand, “there is a fear that something may go wrong.”

California has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions as it recovered from the deadly winter surge, but public health officials are still encouraging people to follow social distance and mask-wearing protocols. Hospitalization and mortality rates have plummeted, and the proportion of people who test positive for the virus is record low.

California rules differ for private indoor gatherings such as weddings, meetings, and conferences. These are only allowed if all guests tested negative for coronavirus at least 72 hours ago or showed evidence of complete vaccination. This change does not mention requiring proof of vaccination and imposes a lot of enforcement on employers and businesses.

“It is an incentive to allow vaccinated individuals some of these activities and opportunities,” said Dee Dee Myers, director of the Governor’s office for business and economic development. “I hope a few more people will be vaccinated if they can return to their favorite activities because they are vaccinated.”

The new rules appear to be moving California towards a system of vaccine verification. This is a hotly debated issue across the country. New York has launched a digital pass that residents can use to show evidence of vaccination or the negative COVID-19 test accepted at major entertainment venues. However, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday banning businesses from demanding so-called “vaccine passports.”

President Joe Biden’s administration said the federal government would not come up with a national vaccine passport app, but leave it to the private sector. However, the federal government has devised regulations on when and how these passports can be used.

California Public Health Officer Dr. Thomas Aragon said Friday that the state would follow federal leadership, but said that essential services did not require vaccination.

With nearly 19 million COVID-19 vaccines administered by the state of California, a new rule for the state of California was born. In a state with nearly 40 million inhabitants, nearly 6.9 million are fully vaccinated. Currently, only people over the age of 50 can be vaccinated throughout the state, followed by those over the age of 16 on April 15.


Har reported from San Francisco.