LA County to lift capacity limits, other restrictions June 15

LA County is lifting restrictions on capacity at businesses June 15, but people attending large indoor gatherings like concerts and sports will need to provide proof or vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

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- On Friday, the state announced its plans for fully reopening the California economy on June 15, as noted by Supervisor Solis. LA County does plan to align our guidance with the state's re-opening guidance, so here's what you can expect to happen on June 15. Almost all sectors and businesses will be able to return to usual operations with some limited exceptions. So let me talk for a minute about those.

One exception is for mega events, which are defined as large crowds greater than 5,000 people if indoors or 10,000 people if outdoors. Regardless of whether these events have assigned seating or not and whether their general admission or ticketed, they are considered higher risk for COVID transmission. This is because they involve attendees spending extensive time physically close to people from outside their households and potentially from outside the state.

For that reason, indoor mega events are required to verify either full vaccination status or a negative COVID test within 72 hours pre-entry for all attendees. Participants will also need to follow the state's mass guidance at these events. For outdoor mega events, the same guidance on verifying the vaccination or test status of attendees is offered as a strong recommendation rather than a requirement. And attendees who do not verify their status will need to wear masks.

The state will continue to issue separate guidance for the following sectors and activities-- for youth, schools and daycares, health care and high-risk congregate settings. So again, there will be separate guidances for all of these sectors that we'll all need to abide by, and those will be issued before June 15.

In other settings, as Supervisor Solis noted, on June 15 capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements will be lifted. Masking requirements after June 15 will be addressed in the state's separate guidance for face coverings, which will be updated as needed. And travelers will be asked to follow CDC recommendations and the state's travel advisory, which will also be updated to fully align with the CDC guidance. And the county again will rescind its travel advisory on June 15 and align with the state's and CDC's.