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Pasadena Moves Into ‘Yellow’ Tier Under State Reopening Framework, Loosening Numerous Pandemic Restrictions

Published on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 1:50 pm
 

Pasadena transitioned into the least restrictive “yellow” tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening protocol on Wednesday morning, officials said.

After holding a test positivity rate of under 2% and an adjusted daily case rate below 2 cases per 100,000 residents for a week, the county met the requirements to transition from the “orange” tier into the “yellow” one, which is the state’s final and least restrictive tier.

According to state data released Tuesday, L.A. County’s test positivity rate over the prior week stood at 0.7%, and the adjusted daily case rate declined to 1.6. The county had already met the first benchmark for several weeks, but only just reached the threshold for the second this week.

The Pasadena Public Health Department announced it would loosen pandemic protocols to align with the state’s “yellow” tier as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, allowing for greater capacity at many businesses.

Among the changes: Fitness centers, restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters, cardrooms, wineries and breweries, and indoor pools will be permitted to increase indoor occupancy to 50%, up from the current 25%; bars will be able to open indoors at 25% capacity; outdoor venues such as Dodger Stadium and the Rose Bowl will be able to increase capacity to 67%, up from the current 33%; and amusement parks will be permitted to allow 35% capacity, up from 25%.

L.A. County officials planned to revise their health order Wednesday, with changes taking effect on Thursday.

Meanwhile, public health officials in Pasadena also announced they were revising the city’s mask policy to mirror that of the state and county to indicate fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks unless in large crowds.

City officials also said the Pasadena Department of Public Health would also resume administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson formulation of the vaccine, which county, state and federal officials did last month.

Policy Changes in Pasadena Under ‘Yellow’ Tier, Effective 12:01 a.m. on May 5, 2021:

• Restaurants may open for indoor dining at a maximum of 50% capacity in compliance with the protocol for restaurants, bars and breweries;

  • Bars that are not able to provide a sit-down, bona fide meal with each alcohol transaction may operate indoors with modifications at a maximum capacity of 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and may operate outdoors with modifications, in compliance with the protocol for restaurants, bars and breweries;

  • Breweries that are not able to provide a sit-down, bona fide meal may operate indoors at a maximum of 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, with modifications in compliance with the protocol for restaurants, bars and breweries;

  • All retail, including standalone grocers, may operate with modifications including physical distancing in compliance with the protocol for retail operations;

  • Museums and galleries may open for indoor operations with modifications including physical distancing, in compliance with the protocol for museums and galleries;

  • Movie theaters may operate indoors at a maximum of 50% capacity, in compliance with the protocol for movie theaters;

  • Hotels and lodging may operate with modifications in compliance with the protocol for hotels and updated protocols for restaurants, bars and breweries, pools, and fitness facilities where applicable;

  • Fitness facilities, gyms, yoga and dance studios may operate indoors at a maximum of 50% capacity, in compliance with the protocol for fitness facilities;

  • Pools located indoors may reopen for routine use at a maximum of 50% capacity and pools located outdoors may be open for routine use at a maximum of 75% capacity, in compliance with the protocol for public pools;

  • Offices may open with modifications including physical distancing in compliance with the protocol for offices, but telework is strongly encouraged;

  • Family entertainment centers may open for indoor operation at 50% capacity (75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination), in compliance with the protocol for family entertainment centers;

  • Outdoor seated live events are permitted with maximum capacity of 67% and additional restrictions and modifications, in compliance with the protocol for outdoor seated live events and performances.

  • Private events that are ticketed OR have a defined guest list, such as meetings, receptions, organized celebrations, conferences and similar events, are permitted to be held outdoors with a maximum of 200 guests with assigned seating. With proof of  full vaccination or testing, private events up to 400 people outdoors or 200 guests indoors are permitted; all events must be in full compliance with additional restrictions and protocols;

  • Indoor seated live events and performances are permitted subject to the following limitations and must be in full compliance with additional restrictions and protocols;

*In-state visitors only;

     *   Weekly worker testing program must be in place;

     *   All tickets must be delivered by digital, advanced purchase only;

     *   Eating and drinking may take place in pre-designated eating areas only (no eating or drinking in seats), with six feet of distance between customer groups;

     *   Suites are limited to 25% capacity, with a maximum of three households, and verified fully-vaccinated guests may occupy suites at full capacity;

     *   Venues with a capacity of up to 1500 attendees are limited to a maximum of 25% or 300 attendees, whichever is fewer (50% if all attendees show proof of full vaccination or testing as specified in the protocol;

     *   Venues with a capacity of greater than 1500 attendees are limited to a maximum of 10% capacity or 2,000 attendees, whichever is fewer, (50% if all attendees show proof of full vaccination or testing as specified in the protocol.

  • Outdoor, informal private social gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted with wearing of face masks and physical distancing; if everyone is vaccinated, and 50 people or fewer are in attendance, face masks and physical distancing are not required. However, gatherings are not risk-free and measures should be taken to reduce risk as well as to protect high-risk individuals.

  • Indoor, informal private social gatherings are strongly discouraged, but are allowed with modifications.  Private indoor gatherings can occur with up to with a maximum of 50% capacity in settings where capacity limits exist or 50 people, whichever is fewer.  Wearing of face masks and physical distancing of 6 feet or more are required. Food and drink indoors is strongly discouraged. While face masks are removed for eating or drinking, individuals must stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside their own household, and put their mask back on as soon as they are done with the activity.  When persons are not able to consume food and drink outdoors instead of indoors, windows and doors should remain open as much as possible to provide good air circulation and ventilation. If everyone is vaccinated, and 25 people or fewer are in attendance, face masks and physical distancing are not required. However, gatherings are not risk-free and measures should be taken to reduce risk as well as to protect high-risk individuals.

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