California Announces Big Reopenings For Later This Month

Indoor concerts, theater performances and other private gatherings can begin welcoming guests on April 15 with some guidelines that must be followed. Rachel Kim reports.

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- And now to the battle against the pandemic. The state has announced more big reopenings for later this month. Indoor concerts, theater performances, and other private gatherings can start welcoming guests on April 15. KCAL 9's Rachel Kim shows us the guidelines that must be followed.

RACHEL KIM: With vaccination rates increasing and the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate near a record low, the California Department of Public Health announced changes today that's welcome news to many.

BECCA RILLO: I love it. Let's get back to normal.

- I'd like to go to a Dodger game.

RACHEL KIM: The state is now allowing indoor concerts, theater performances, and other private gatherings starting April 15, with restrictions.

TOMÁS ARAGÓN: They'll have to bring their vaccination card or a result that's positive-- I'm sorry, that's tested negative within 72 hours before the event starts. And so we anticipate that in the future that these solutions will be digital. So currently it's going to be self-verification.

RACHEL KIM: When it comes to venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people in the red tier, capacity is limited to 10% or 100 people. Capacity increases to 25% if all guests are tested or show proof of vaccination. In the orange tier, capacity is limited to 15% or 200 people. It then increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of vaccination. For venues with the capacity of 1,501 and above in the red tier, testing or proof of vaccination is required, and capacity is limited to 20%. In the orange tier, capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people. It's increased to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

JOSH CALDERON: Yeah, I think it's long overdue. I think a lot of people are getting a little stir crazy, so I welcome it.

RACHEL KIM: In addition to capacity limits, these activities are allowed with modifications, including physical distancing, advanced ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors.

BECCA RILLO: I'll still take the precautions as needed wherever-- you know, whenever they're required, but I just want to go back to normal.

RACHEL KIM: Rachel Kim, KCAL 9 News.