LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Department of Public Health released safety measures for red tier re-openings:

“This month marks a year since Los Angeles County instituted the very first Health Officer Order, restricting our ways of life and daily interactions. An anniversary that would otherwise be marked by overwhelming grief is instead marked by hope for a renewed future and a reflection of the strong ties that were strengthened. Thanks to the courageous efforts of our community in abiding by critical but challenging restrictions, and the great work of medical providers to deliver vaccines, we have made great strides in reducing hospitalizations and community transmission; ultimately, saving lives. I am thrilled to hear that Los Angeles County will soon be entering the red tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

By entering the red tier, many sectors across our County that have been shuttered for months can begin to gradually re-open. We anticipate allowing additional re-openings as early as Monday morning, or Wednesday the latest – the exact date depends on when 2 million doses have been administered in the state’s hardest-hit communities. These newly permitted activities will include:

  1. Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions: 8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Public Health strongly recommends that all restaurant employees interacting with customers indoors are provided with additional masking protection (above the currently required face shield over face masks); this can be fit tested N95 masks, KN95 masks, or double masks and a face shield. In addition, Public Health strongly recommends that all employees working indoors are informed about and offered opportunities to be vaccinated. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.
  2. Museum, zoos and aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
  3. Gyms, fitness centers, yoga and dance studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  4. Movie theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  5. Retail and personal care services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  6. Indoor shopping malls can increase capacity to 50% with common areas remaining closed; food courts can open at 25% capacity adhering to the restaurant guidance for indoor dining.
  7. Institutes of Higher Education can re-open all permitted activities with required safety modifications except for residential housing which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester.
  8. Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
  9. Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times. People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing.

This is welcome news, especially as many of our small businesses have borne the brunt of the financial fall out from this pandemic, and as our students struggle to keep up with distance learning.

Although we are taking steps to re-open some of the hardest hit sectors of our economy, that in no way means we can drop our guard now. We have achieved this milestone and moved down to the red tier because as a County we worked hard, looked out for one another, and came together to crush this surge. We owe it to our neighbors, our local businesses, and our children to remain vigilant so that the re-openings are safe and long-lasting. Wearing a mask and social distancing is your gift to the community.

Not only are we experienced maskers and social distancers, but our numbers of vaccinated adults, including educators, restaurant workers, and others, are going up by the tens of thousands each day. As a result, we can safely re-open parts of our economy and allow our students to return to in-person instruction.

I know our residents will abide by the Health Officer Order so we can continue on this hopeful trajectory and eventually move from the red tier to the orange tier, to the yellow tier and ultimately, out of this pandemic. I know we will triumph and realize a future of prosperity, unencumbered by the strains of the pandemic but with the lessons we learned to uplift our communities for generations to come.”

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov