Here at DoLA, we want to keep you as updated as possible on the latest surrounding re-openings, new social-distancing safe events, testing sites, event cancellations, and regulations set in place by the city of Los Angeles and the state of California to slow the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Check back here for regular updates, which we'll share as we receive them.
As California continues their push to get as many people vaccinated as possible, the freebies continue. 50,000 California residents ages 12 and up will receive a free ticket to six flags up receiving the covid-19 vaccination at one of these 65 clinic locations. These tickets will be valid through September 6th and can be used at any of the Six Flags parks in California.
– On public transit, including trains, planes, buses and ride-shares, and at transportation hubs
All of these are pulled straight from the CDC’s guidelines, and the state notes some of this guidance could change as federal recommendations evolve.
if you’re unvaccinated, you’ll still need to wear a mask in indoor public settings—that includes places like restaurants, movie theaters and shops. The state, however, isn’t mandating any sort of vaccine verification system, so while individual businesses may ask for proof of your vaccine, they’re also free to simply operate on the honor system.
Alcoholic drinks ordered with a to-go meal, which were illegal in California before the pandemic, will be allowed to continue as state restrictions are ease at least until the end of the year.
“We don’t want to go back to normal. Normal was never good enough … parklets and to-go cocktails have saved bars and restaurants through the pandemic, and they have revitalized neighborhoods, and we want to keep that going for years and years.” - Gavin Newsom
California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) temporarily approved cocktails-to-go in March of 2020, easing the rules around cocktails for takeout and delivery. For the past year, restaurants and bars have been allowed to sell to-go wine, beer, and cocktails, provided they’re in a container with a secure lid and also served with food.
For two year, COVID-19 has prevented millions of Southern Californians from flocking to Pomona for the L.A. County Fair. However, this past Tuesday they not only announced that the fair will be returning to celebrate its Centennial come 2022, but that they will be changing its dates permanently from September to May.
As always, the L.A. County Fair will include carnival rides, live performances, petting zoos, games, and a plethora of delicious food — deep-fried goodness here we come! Think what you want, but here at DoLA we're grateful to say goodbye to September's scorching temperatures, and welcome the opportunity to experience the thrills of our favorite attractions in more mild weather conditions.
As per Friday's news conference, the State of California has announced the full details of the state’s reopening plan, set to take effect on June 15. The news conference detailed a plan for removing social distancing and capacity requirements throughout the state. Capacity limitations are no longer part of the guidelines and physical distancing will no longer be recommended after June 15.
The state is recommending, but not requiring, that mega-outdoor event venues with more than 10,000 attendees (that's festivals, y'all) verify that patrons are vaccinated or provide negative tests. Non-vaccinated participants will need to wear a mask. For indoor venues of more than 5,000 people, the same recommendation to verify vaccination or negative COVID tests will be in effect.
The park underwent $1.1 million in repairs since being closed in mid-March. The repairs included upgrades to the children’s play area, public restrooms, boathouse, and lake bridge; painting and removal of graffiti, and landscaping work. Security cameras were also installed at the park.
O’Farrell says that the city will work to keep the reopened park safe, clean, accessible and secure for all who wish to use the space.
After 16 months of no live music and shutting its doors, The Hotel Cafe will finally be opening for live in-person shows on July 9th! Stay tuned as more info will drop soon and if you are looking to book a show, hit up
CDC States Fully Vaccinated People Can Ditch Masks Indoors (Most of the Time)
Effective immediately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places.
The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues - even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.
The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds.
LA Moves to Most Lenient Yellow Tier - What Does That Mean?
Los Angeles County’s daily covid-19 cases have officially dropped low enough to qualify for the move into the last and least restrictive tier of California’s reopening blueprint. The move into the Yellow tier will take place next week as long as the county continues to meet its threshold. This move will mean that mostly all indoor businesses can operate but not without some restrictions.
Some notable changes will include an increase in capacity for wineries and breweries, amusement parks and live events along with the reopening of indoor bars and bars that don’t serve food. Amusement parks and fairs will now be allowed to operate at 35% capacity as long as visitors are from California or can prove full vaccination. Family entertainment centers and gyms are also moving up to 50%. When it comes to restaurants they will remain at 50% capacity, while outdoor live events will jump up to 67%.
Grammy Museum to Reopen on May 21
Photo: Grammy Museum
After being closed for over a year due to the pandemic, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will be reopening to the public on Friday, May 21. The museum will launch with three new exhibits — "Motown: The Sound of Young America," "Dave Matthews Band: Inside and Out" and "Y Para Siempre Marco Antonio Solís."
To adhere to county gudielines, the museum will open at limited capacity to maintain social distancing. Attendees will be required to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. The museum will also provide social distancing marks, hand sanitizing stations and a touchless visitor experience.
Free admission will be granted to first responders, health care workers and essential workers through June.
Musso & Frank Grill To Reopen In Early May
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Hollywood's oldest grill is set to reopen on Thursday, May 6. Like many other businesses, Musso & Frank had been shut down for the last year following the Los Angeles countywide public health order.
“With our reopening, we’re being very careful to ensure that our 100-plus years of tradition won’t change at all,” COO, CFO and a fourth-generation member of the family of owners Mark Echeverria said. “For instance, our menu will remain as intact as possible – we want to keep all of our original offerings.”
New guidelines will be put into place with the restaurant planning to operate at 50% occupancy and adhering to Los Angeles County’s “Orange Tier” reopening guidelines.
ArcLight Cinemas, Cinerama dome, and pacific theaters Closure
Even as Los Angeles County continues to relax coronavirus restrictions surrounding movie theaters, Decurion, the company that operates the theaters, says it will not be reopening. The closure is definitely a letdown to anyone who was looking forward to going back to watch movies in theaters, especially at the historic Cinerama Dome.
Deadline reports the company “exhausted all potential options,” leaving it no choice but to shutdown all properties, including locations in Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Culver City, and Santa Monica.
Hollywood Bowl Set To Re-Open This Summer
After the cancellation of the Hollywood Bowl's 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the beloved venue on Friday announced it will be reopening with limited capacity this summer.
Based on Los Angeles County public health guidance, the Bowl will welcome back an audience of about 4,000 people when concerts resume in May, and officials anticipate ramping up to greater capacity later in the summer.
To kick off reopening, the venue will host four free concerts for health care workers, first responders, and essential workers "as a gesture of thanks for all they have done for Los Angeles throughout the pandemic."
The lineup of artists, dates, and ticketing details will be announced May 11.
COVID-19 vaccine at Cal State LA for anyone 18+
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All adults will be eligible to be vaccinated in California in a week — on April 15, but anyone over 18 is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Cal State LA by appointment. They will no longer be taking walk-up appointments at the moment, state officials said Thursday evening. The Vaccination Center at Cal State LA is administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires just one shot. For more information, visit their site.
The free Vaccination Center will operate seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. People can sign up for an appointment at the myturn.ca.gov website or by calling (833) 422-4255.
California to fully reopen economy by June 15
According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, California plans to lift most Covid restrictions and reopen the state by June 15 — provided residents continue to receive the coronavirus vaccine and hospitalizations remain stable.
"With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California's economy," Newsom stated Tuesday, April 6th. "We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic. We will need to remain vigilant and continue the practices that got us here — wearing masks and getting vaccinated — but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter," he added.
With this news, the state plans to end its four color-coded tier system that has been used to determine risk levels. As progress is made towards bringing this goal into fruition, it is important to remember that California's mask mandate will continue to stay in place. No date has been announced for lifting that order.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS GETS A RE-OPENING DATE
Universal Studios Hollywood is scheduled to reopen April 16, more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shut, and on opening day it will debut a ride based on the animated movie "The Secret Life of Pets."
California guidelines released this month allow theme parks to reopen as early as April 1, but officials at several parks have said they needed additional time to staff up and make other preparations. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim are scheduled to open April 30. Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park plans to open sometime in May. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, though, is opening this Thursday — the earliest the state allows.
Universal Studios Hollywood will open a day earlier for annual and season pass holders, on April 15. Tickets will go on sale online starting April 8.
Ca to allow indoor concerts, theater performances+ more starting April 15
The day has finally come. California will allow indoor concerts, theater performances and other private gatherings starting April 15.
The California Department of Public Health announced the changes on Friday as the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 nears a record low. It's a sharp turnaround from the slow pace California has taken on lifting restrictions, and comes as the governor urges people to continue being vigilant about wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
To attend, people will have to either be tested or show proof of full vaccination. How many people can attend gatherings will depend on the level of restrictions in place at each county. The state divides counties into four tiers based on how widespread the virus is in those places.
Los Angeles and Orange Counties Have Entered Orange Tier
Los Angeles and Orange counties have progressed into California’s orange tier (moderate risk). Ultimately, this means both counties can begin to relax some of the covid-related restrictions on businesses. Los Angeles is moving to the orange tier on April 5th and Orange County is moving to the orange tier Wednesday, March 31! Most notably, bars can reopen outdoors and will no longer be required to also serve food, and offices in nonessential industries may reopen, but the state recommends workers should still be encouraged to work from home.
Here is everything you need to know about the updated indoor capacity restrictions:
- Capacity restrictions have been completely lifted for stores, however social distancing and other safety procedures still apply
- Houses of worship, museums, zoos and aquariums have been raised from 25% to 50%
- Restaurants and movie theaters are now allowed at 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever is less)
- Indoor gyms and yoga studios increase from 10% to 25%
- Amusement parks may reopen at up to 25% capacity starting Thursday
- Bowling alleys may reopen at 25% (with modifications)
- Card rooms and satellite wagering sites may reopen at 25% capacity.
Click here for more info about the California tier system.
California Extends Vaccine Eligibility to Ages 16+ Starting April 15
Good news California, "the light at the end of the tunnel continues to get brighter", said Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, March 25 when speaking about the current California vaccine updates. Anyone over the age of 16 will now be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination starting April 15. Thanks to an increase in available vaccine doses, the state is widely expanding the vaccine eligibility, and every person over the age of 50 will also be able to make a vaccine appointment starting April 1. California expects to receive about 2.5 million first and second doses per week over the first half of April - and even more doses later in the month. The state has already administered more than 15 million coronavirus vaccines and pledged to continue targeting underserved communities. Book your vaccine appointment once you are eligible and help get LA back to the roaring city we know and love.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM TO REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY, MARCH 25
The Petersen Automotive Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, March 25, 2021, with new exhibits, new vehicles and a new schedule of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To express its gratitude to all those on the front line during this challenging time, the museum will offer verified health care workers and first responders complimentary admission for themselves and up to three immediate family members for the rest of 2021.
The museum will follow the health and safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of California and the county of Los Angeles to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Staff members and visitors are required to wear protective face coverings. Social distancing guidelines of at least six feet will be enforced with designated entrance and exit signs. There will be designated navigation paths for each exhibit. The museum will also increase the frequency of routine cleaning and offer hand sanitizing stations on each floor. Interactive exhibits including the Forza racing simulators and Discovery Center will remain closed.
“We are excited to welcome visitors back to the museum in a safe and responsible manner,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “We cannot thank the healthcare personnel and first responders enough for everything they have done for our community. We hope this small token of our appreciation signals to them how grateful we are to them and their families.”
All tickets must be pre-purchased. Online tickets go live on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. PST. In order to receive complimentary access, health care personnel and first responders will need to reserve tickets online and provide a physical copy of professional verification at museum check-in.
Tickets for all visitors must be purchased in advance on the Petersen website, and all guests will be required to wear masks during their visit. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum and its exhibits, visit Petersen.org/tickets.
Amoeba Grand re-Opening at New Hollywood Location
The iconic independent record store will open its doors on April 1st at the newest iteration of Amoeba Hollywood – now at 6200 Hollywood Blvd. Amoeba Music’s new home is a huge, light-filled, ground-level space in the center of Hollywood. It’s a diverse and vibrant neighborhood that boasts historic and iconic venues like The Fonda Theatre and Pantages Theatre, as well as excellent eateries, hotels, retail and nightlife spots. The new space features validated parking in the El Centro parking structure.
Opening day will include a special design created by L.A. artist Ivan Minsloff. Customers will get a limited edition poster as a gift with purchase and there will be live t-shirt silk-screening with our friends Family Industries in the courtyard of the El Centro complex from 11:30am until 4pm. T-shirts will be $10 and available while supplies last.
The building may be new but Amoeba’s personality shines through with visual flourishes like the color vinyl LP installation welcoming customers at the front door, the original Shepard Fairey mural created for the Amoeba stage, collage art in the book section and more.
disneyland set to reopen in April
Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company announced today that both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure will be reopening on April 30th. Each park will be operating at about 15% capacity to begin. This is huge news for Disney fans who haven't been able to visit the parks in over a year due to Covid-19. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and spa will be reopening on April 29th and the Vacation Club Villa at the Grand Californian will open on May 2nd, Both hotels will operating with limited capacity.
LACMA will be reopening their doors on April 1, with Member Previews starting March 26. To visit, you must purchase or reserve tickets in advance --for General admission, tickets will be available for purchase starting March 25 at 10 am PDT while advanced tickets for Member Previews will be available starting March 19 at 10 am PDT. To review the visit guidelines or to learn more about what's being shown, visit lacma.org.
LOS ANGELES MOVES TO LESS RESTRICTIVE TIER STARTING THIS WEEKEND
On Tuesday March 9th, 2021 Governor Gavin Newsome delivered his State of The State Address from Dodger Stadium and had some positive news for Californians. Now that the vaccine threshold will be met on Friday, it allows Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Bernardino County to move from the restrictive "purple" tier to the "red" tier which will ensure the reopening of many businesses beginning this weekend. Moving into the less restrictive tier means that theme parks will be able to reopen at 15% capacity, Movie theaters at 25% or 100 people, and that live outdoor events will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. This is huge progress for the city of Los Angeles, which has been in the most restrictive tier since August.
CONGRESS PASSES $1.9 TRILLION COVID RELIEF BILL
Along with the positive news from Governor Newsom, Congress came together this morning to pass the $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Bill. This legislation will provide $1,400 direct payments to those making less than $75,000 and $2,800 to couples making less than $150,000. The bill will also provide $300 a week in unemployment benefits throughout September 6th. This will be President Biden's first legislative win since taking office almost two months ago.
New Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Photo via Dado Ruvic / Reuters
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the expected arrival of around 380,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson single dose COVID-19 vaccine in California this week.
With this news, the vaccination rate is expected to increase as the Johnson & Johnson shot only requires one dose, unlike the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and is easier to administer due to more lax storage requirements. While the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is slightly less efficient, coming in at 85% compared to Moderna’s 94.1% and Pfizer’s 95%, doctors want to reassure that it is not a lesser vaccine.
Roll out for the newest vaccine will be managed by the U.S. government and will continue to be prioritized according to the populations identified by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines. As of March 1st, the pool of eligible people to receive the dose was greatly expanded to include essential workers in education and childcare, food and agriculture, and law enforcement and emergency services —bringing eligibility status to an estimated 1.2 million people in Los Angeles County alone.
Pink's Hot Dogs Re-opens
Pink's Hot Dogs will reopen Monday, March 1st after being closed for nearly two months due to the increase in coronavirus cases in the region.
"One more sleep! Pink's will be re-re-opening tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9:30 am! We can't wait to be back. Stop by and say HELLO!" Pink's announced via Twitter Sunday (February 28) night.
Hours are from Sunday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to midnight. Outdoor patio dining will be open
LOS ANGELES OUTDOOR SPORTS ALLOWED TO RESUME STARTING TODAY
Starting Friday, February 26, Los Angeles County will allow all outdoor recreational sports to resume with COVID-19 regulations in place. These new safety measures will apply to all recreational youth and adult leagues, school sports, city leagues and private sport leagues.
Among the sports that may resume are baseball, field hockey, softball, volleyball, football, basketball, rugby, soccer, and water polo, but this specific order does not extend to professional or college sports, which abide by separate COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, the county’s order does not apply to community races, such as marathons and road race.
The threshold for reopening sports is at 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in a county, per Los Angeles County Public Health, and as of this past Wednesday, L.A. County’s has met this threshold, with an adjusted case rate of 12.8 per 100,000 residents.
See more info from L.A. County Public health here.
Los Angeles County elementary schools are cleared to reopen
Starting Tuesday, February 23, Los Angeles County elementary schools will be allowed to reopen for in-person learning due to the steady decline of Covid cases. However, this comes with a series of health and safety protocols to ensure a safe re-opening.
It's not clear when certain schools will reopen, but in Los Angeles County, teachers under age 65 aren't yet eligible to receive the vaccine. Some teacher's unions have also urged caution and more safety measures.
Campuses within the huge L.A. Unified School District are among those not expected to reopen immediately. The nation’s second-largest school district remains in negotiations with union officials over the vaccination of teachers, the Los Angeles Times has reported.
Meanwhile, smaller school districts around the San Fernando Valley are planning to go forward with a return to on-campus instruction.
"The state permits elementary schools to reopen as soon as we reach an adjusted case rate of 25 per 100,000," - Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
LA Zoo Reopens with Covid Safety Measures
Some good news! The LA Zoo officially re-opened on Tuesday, February 16 for the first time since early December. The zoo will reopen Tuesday with more safety protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19. Masks are required for all adults and children 2 and older, and social distancing measures remain in place. The zoo is also asking all guests, including members to make reservations online before arriving.
High-touch areas like the Children’s Zoo, the carousel, indoor and enclosed exhibits, and indoor dining remain closed. In-person talks, presentations and events have also been suspended.
Dodger Stadium Vaccine Site Opens for Second Round of Doses
Dodger Stadium is set to re-open on February 16 for the second round of vaccination doses. Those that were vaccinated in mid-January have been automatically allotted appointments for the city's Moderna and Pfizer doses.
2021 LA County Fair Cancelled
The Los Angeles County Fair has officially announced its cancellation this year due to COVID concerns. However, a smaller and safer event will take its place later this year.
“After canceling the Fair last year and with the availability of a vaccine this year, we were hoping to be able to welcome guests back in 2021 to one of the largest county fairs in the country. But with coronavirus cases unsteady, and the unpredictability of mutating strains and vaccine roll-outs to larger audiences, it would be fiscally unfeasible to plan a grand celebration only to be told a Fair could not be held.” - Fairplex interim CEO Walter M. Marquez.
California Lifts Stay-At-Home Order
Beginning today, Monday, January 25th, California officially lifts its 10pm curfew and stay-at-home order. According to the DPH, counties across the state will now revert to the state’s color-coded reopening plan, which allows activities on a county-by-county basis dependent on that area’s coronavirus case count. The DPH also says that a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew announced for nonessential activities in November has been lifted, a move that would let restaurants allow dining to continue later in the evening.
The move allows restaurants to open for outdoor dining options and salons to resume indoor appointments. Outdoor church services are also permitted.
Small Businesses in LA'S EASTSIDE Receive $5k Grants
Small businesses in the east side of LA are now eligible for a second round of grants. Those in the 13th district (East Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Elysian Heights and Westlake) with annual gross revenue of up to $5 million will be eligible to apply for the money and be selected at random. Apply now through Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. To apply click here.
California Allows Everyone 65 + to get a COVID Vaccine
In major expansion, California is allowing everyone 65 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The major expansion of vaccine eligibility in the state comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced changes to its vaccine distribution plan, which also included providing the vaccine to those 65 and older — a group at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
A statement from the California Department of Public Health didn’t provide guidance on where those 65 and older can get their doses, and there’s currently no statewide registry to sign-up for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Next week, the state will launch a new system to let people know if they are eligible to receive a vaccine or sign up to get a notification when they are.
Disneyland Resort, California To Turn Into a Vaccine Super Site
The Disneyland Resort, Orange County's largest employer, will be a new coronavirus vaccination supersite. The theme park that closed to guests and workers alike in March will utilize its famed parking areas, line management, and open space outside of the parks to host what is hoped to be the ultimate cure to reopening the main gates.
The County of Orange is operating the site at a guest parking area. Disneyland Resort cast members will not be prioritized over others.
The amusement park will be Orange County’s first large “Point-of-Dispensing” (POD) site and will have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of residents every day. The hope is that “super” PODs will increase efficiency and provide multiple vaccine distribution points across the county.
California is currently in phase 1a for COVID-19 vaccinations, meaning only health care workers and long-term care facility residents are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Dodger Stadium Shifts Into a Vaccination Site
Dodger Stadium, the nation's largest COVID-19 testing site, will cease testing for the virus and shift to a massive vaccination site. The last day of testing is on January 11 and will be converted into a vaccination site by the end of the week. The goal is to give about 12,000 vaccinations per day.
On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom set an ambitious target of vaccinating an additional 1 million people against COVID-19 over the next nine days, after admitting that the state’s effort to inoculate its residents has been “not good enough.”
Vaccinations will be given by phases.
1B Tier One: Individuals 75+ and older, those who work in education, childcare, emergency services and food & agriculture
1B Tier Two: Individuals 65 - 74 years old, those of risk of exposure at work in transportation and logistics, industrial, commercial, residential and sheltering services and critical manufacturing. Plus, incarcerated and homeless with outbreak risk
- Individuals 50-64 years of age
- People 16-49 years of age and have an underlying health condition or disability
- Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors: Water and wastewater, Defense, Energy, Chemical and hazardous materials, Communications and IT, Financial services, Government operations / community-based essential functions
Santa Monica Pier To Close on Weekends
Due to the increase of COVID cases in LA County, Santa Monica Pier will be temporarily closed on the weekends as of January 10 until January 31. The city states that the best way to defeat COVID is by staying home and the closure is part of meeting this need. As of now, it is not known if the city will extend the closure to February.
Save Our Stages Act Passes as part of covid relief bill
The Save Our Stages Act will provide emergency relief to independent venues and promoters that have been devastated by the pandemic’s shutdown. This legislation will enable these mom-and-pop businesses to hold on until it’s safe to gather, reopen fully, and once again return to serving as the economic engines for their communities.
The legislation provides critical help to shuttered businesses by providing a grant equal to 45% of gross revenue from 2019, with a cap of $10 million per entity. This grant funding will ensure recipients can stay afloat until reopening by helping with expenses like payroll and benefits, rent and mortgage, utilities, insurance, PPE, and other ordinary and necessary business expenses.
You can continue to donate to NIVA and Save Our Stages here.
Second Stimulus Package Announced
Congress has passed a $900 billion pandemic relief bill this week which includes enhanced unemployment benefits, and direct cash payments. The package will send $600 checks to individuals who qualify. Eligible families will receive an additional $600 per child.
Those who are under EDD unemployment will receive a $300 weekly federal enhancement for 11 weeks until March 14.
The bill will also re-open the Payment Protection Program so that small businesses can apply to a second loan. Other businesses that this bill will help immensely are theaters, live venues, schools, and child care.
LA County Enforces 'Safer At Home' Order
As of Monday, November 30, LA County will be put under a 'Safer At Home' order. The order put into place bans gatherings outside of your household except for church and protests, essential retail such as grocery stores must be limited to 35% capacity, non-essential retail & personal care such as nail and hair salons are capped at 20% occupancy and outdoor fitness centers are capped at 50% capacity.
Updated November 21, 2020
LA County health officials have issued greater lockdown initiatives beginning Wednesday, November 25 at 10PM. All in-person dining including outdoor / patio dining will be halted for a minimum of 3 weeks. However, take-out, drive-through and delivery services are still available.
Updated November 19, 2020:
Gavin Newsom Calls for a LIMITED Stay at Home Order
Due to the increase of COVID cases in California these past few weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom is issuing a limited Stay At Home Order. Non-essential work and gatherings are being asked to stop from 10pm - 5am in counties within the purple tier. The effect will take place on Saturday November 21 at 10PM for one month.
Los Angeles County to enact business curfew and other restrictions on Friday
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LA County health officials are set to enact new restrictions on Friday such as a business curfew, in order to reverse the surge of COVID-19. The curfew will require businesses such as restaurants, wineries, breweries and other non-essential businesses to shut their doors at 10PM daily. A 50% capacity will be imposed on restaurants and outdoor services and personal care services such as nail and hair salons will be cut to 25% capacity.
Other restrictions include outdoor gatherings to have a maximum of 15 people and outdoor capacity will be limited to 50% for cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages.
Moderna 2nd Virus Vaccine to Show Positive Early Results for Covid Vaccine
There is great news today for fans of concerts and events! Moderna has announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective with a 94.5% effective rate. They are now on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the United States.
The results are “truly striking,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious-diseases expert. “The vaccines that we’re talking about, and vaccines to come, are really the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Pfizer announces positive early results from it's Covid Vaccine trial
The drug maker Pfizer released a statement on Monday stating that the early results from their Coronavirus Vaccine Trial has had promising results. With over a 90% effective rate, this is encouraging news as the world has restlessly awaited new developments on this pandemic that has taken the lives of over 1.2 million people. There have been no serious safety concerns reported so far, so if the results hold up this vaccination will offer a level of protection equivalent to the highly effective measles vaccine. By the end of this month Pfizer will have collected the recommended two months of safety data and will be consulting the Food and Drug administration to receive authorization to administer this two dose vaccine.
LA City Mobile Testing Group Brings COVID-19 Testing Sites To Communities
Beginning on November 3, The City of Los Angeles is bringing mobile COVID testing sites to communities throughout LA for those who cannot get transportation to local testing sites.
Please bring your insurance information. If you do not have insurance, bring your driver's license or another form of identification.
The upcoming pop-up testing events will be happening in Panorama City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, and Wilmington among others.
See the LA City website for more info here.
Where To Get Free Flu Shots
With flu season fastly approaching, that means a number of people will need medical assistance in addition to the challenges of COVID-19. In order to keep risk as a minimum, the city of Los Angeles has partnered with USC's School of Pharmacy to offer free flu vaccinations at various locations around the city.
Each site will take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone present. Masks must be worn, there will be additional disinfecting between each patient, physical distancing, and other measures will be in place.
Head to the City of Los Angeles website for more info!
Downtown Disney OPENING will expand into California Adventure
Photo credit: Derek Lee
In the latest Disney news, officials announced on Friday that some stores and restaurants in California Adventure will reopen beginning in November. The main Buena Vista Street at the opening of California Adventure is an expansion of Downtown Disney businesses that reopened in July. Social distancing rules will be strictly enforced.
The shops that will be open include Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, and Kingswell Camera shop.
The dining experiences include Trolley Treats, Carthay Circle, Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe, and Smokejumpers Grill. No admission fee will be required.
Tattoo and Massage Parlors Allowed to Reopen indoors with modifications
Beginning the week of October 26, personal care services such as tattoo and massage parlors, day spas, hair removal, and estheticians are allowed to open indoor with modifications. They will be joining the 'purple tier' along with hair and nail salons. It is up to local jurisdiction whether or not specific storefronts could open.
Workers and customers must wear face masks, and establishments must ensure intense cleaning practices to keep customers safe. Mouth and nose tattoos or piercings are off-limits for now.
CardRooms, Indoor Shopping Malls & More Businesses Allowed to Reopen This Week
Last Thursday, the LA County announced that nail salons, indoor malls, and outdoor cardrooms could reopen starting the week of October 5th.
Los Angeles County card rooms opened for outdoor-only business on Monday, along with outdoor casinos. Nail salons have already reopened last week for indoor service at 25% capacity. Health officials are still encouraging salons to continue offering outdoor services as much as possible. Indoor shopping malls will be permitted to reopen on Wednesday, October 7th, also limited to 25% of capacity. All food courts and common areas will remain close.
Updated September 16, 2020:
The Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium to Become Polling Places This November
Photo: Courtesy Live Nation
We're missing our favorite concert venues a LOT right now, and we didn't think we'd be returning to them very soon, until we heard today's exciting news from Live Nation regarding the upcoming 2020 election.
This morning, Live Nation announced that several of their venues across the United States will be converted into polling places for the 2020 General Election. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan state "We are proud to partner with Live Nation and announce The Hollywood Palladium and The Wiltern will be Vote Centers in the upcoming Presidential General Election. Live Nation has stepped up to the mic in providing our community safe in-person voting experiences at two iconic music venues. It is collaborations such as this that demonstrate the spirit of community engagement and the strength of our democracy."
Live Nation's effort aims to encourage all to register to vote and make their voice heard this November 3. Along with Dodger Stadium, these venues will be important in making sure all are able to vote and cast their ballots in just two short months. Not sure if you're registered to vote? Check your status or register right here! DoStuff & Vote! See you at the polls!
Updated September 9, 2020:
LA County DOES NOT RECOMMEND Trick-or-Treating, Parties & More Halloween Traditions DUE TO COVID-19
Photo by Haley Phelps
As the pandemic hit in early March, many fall fans wondered how the outbreak would affect the spooky season. Unfortunately, this morning, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the cancellation of many Halloween traditions.
And no, this isn't a trick! The County has originally banned trick-or-treating, along with Halloween parties, carnivals and haunted houses. As of Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the health department had "revised" the original restrictions, and still do not recommend any of the activities take place. The County cited the many risks the holiday holds as the main reason for the sudden cancellation. Residents can view the newly released guidelines for celebrating Halloween here.
LA Halloween Restrictions, Strongly Not Recommended by LA County:
- door-to-door or "trunk-to-trunk" trick-or-treating events
- parties or gatherings with people outside residents' own households
- carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and "haunted house attractions."
To help families continue the Halloween fun, the County did approve a few fall events. These events include online parties, car parades, drive-in movies, and attractions.
Updated September 3, 2020:
LA County Allows Salons and Barbershops to Reopen Indoor Operations
Photo: Taisiia Shestopal
On September 2, LA County officially announced that hair salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen their doors for indoor operations, as long as they operate at 25% capacity. This is the first step LA County has taken in reopening businesses for indoor operations since Governor Gavin Newsom announced his Blueprint For a Safer Economy initiative last week. The county has also outlined common questions regarding the reopening of salons and the safety precautions businesses are taking, which you can read up on here.
While LA County is still in the first stage of the new color-coded system that will lead California's counties to safe reopenings, the reopening of salons and barbershops is a positive first step. You can learn more about the color-coding system here, and research business types in the county to check the status of their operations.
Updated August 28, 2020:
Governor Newsom Announces New Color-Coded Tiered System Regulating Safety of Activities for CA Counties
This afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a brand new 'Blueprint for a Safer Economy' that plans to continue monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in California while adjusting permitted sector activities to keep Californians safe. Newsom's new tiered, color-coded plan will take effect this Monday, August 31, 2020 across the state. The official statement from the governor's office explains "this guidance outlines an updated framework for a safe progression of opening more businesses and activities in light of the pandemic."
This new framework has measures that each county must meet, based on several health factors, including testing and health equity. The plan includes four tiers, ranging from the 'Widespread Tier 1' to 'Minimal Tier 4.' To advance to a tier with reduced restrictions, counties must meet a very specific set of requirements as far as case testing rate and the rate of new cases.
As far as actual reopenings go, CBS LA confirmed that Los Angeles County is still in the purple stage, Tier 1, but is expecting to announce that salons and barbershops may be able to reopen indoor operations within the next week. CBS also reported that retailers and shopping centers will be able to reopen at 25% capacity beginning Monday. When we have more news directly from Los Angeles County and Mayor Garcetti, we will be sure to update you.
Updated August 19, 2020:
The L.A. Zoo To Reopen on August 26
PHOTO: LA ZOO
Good news, The Los Angeles Zoo will be reopening on August 26th but not without some new health and safety requirements. New traffic flow patterns will be implemented to help with physical distancing and all staff and guests above the age of 2 must wear a face covering. They are also requiring all guests to register for timed-entry tickets in advance, reservations for that will begin on August 19th at noon. A few of their high-touch exhibits and in-person presentations will not reopen quite yet but the Zoo has welcomed some new animals during their time away which they are excited for everyone to meet!
Photo: Sung Shin via Unsplash
Dodger Stadium to Become Polling CENTER for November 2020 Election
Though Dodger Stadium is not in use as it would normally be this time of year, the iconic arena and its vast parking area has become an important site for Angelenos for another reason during the COVID-19 pandemic. It became the largest testing site in the area, and now has plans to transform into a polling center for the November 2020 election, according to the LA Times.
The LA Times reports that Dodger Stadium will be the first major league team to utilize their property as a polling place in November's upcoming general election. The Dodgers are partnering with Lebron James's More Than a Vote initiative, launched earlier this year to help end Black voter suppression.
We are awaiting exact details of how the stadium will be transformed into a voting center, but we do know that leading up to November 3, the polling center will be open for a five-day period in which voters can come to cast their ballots safely.
Updated August 17, 2020:
LADOT Announces Extension of Relaxed Parking Enforcement Until October 1
It feels like it was just March when we first heard the news of relaxed parking enforcement from the LA Department of Transportation and the mayor's office. A few weeks ago, we reported that relaxed parking enforcement would run through August 16, and as of August 14, Mayor Garcetti announced this type of enforcement will now run through October 1. Read more here.
Updated August 6, 2020:
Knott’s Berry Farm Has Cancels Knott’s Scary Farm
On Tuesday, Knott's Berry Farm announced the cancellation of their Halloween staple, Knott’s Scary Farm. The Buena Park amusement park joins Universal Studios and Disneyland as the list of attractions that have had to postpone their spooky celebrations.
The theme park has been closed since March due to the pandemic, and as cases rise Knott's, unfortunately, had to move quickly and safely. This move led to the Taste of Calico event, which saw many attend a food and shopping outdoor festival at Knott's Ghost Town.
Here’s the official statement:
Regrettably, due to continued operating restrictions related to the pandemic, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our highly anticipated 2020 Knott’s Scary Farm event. The unique features of Scary Farm will not allow us to operate within the constraints recommended by the CDC and public health experts. We know that this news is disappointing, but we look forward with great enthusiasm to making 2021 Knott’s Scary Farm our best year ever.
It is almost devastating to see SoCal's largest Halloween haunt fest take a break this year but, we can only hope it comes back bigger and scarier than its previous events.
Updated August 5, 2020:
LADOT Announces Eased Parking Restrictions Through August 16
Photo: Dave Herring via Unsplash
Since March, Angelenos have been able to enjoy eased parking restrictions due to Stay-at-Home orders issue by the county. Now that a new month has begun, residents are wondering whether or not these "relaxed" enforcement on street sweeping tickets and gridlock zone restrictions, plus no parking fine increases for failure to pay a ticket. In an LADOT statement released on August 3, 2020, the Dept of Transportation has extended this relaxed enforcement until August 16, 2020. We are awaiting to hear if the city will extend the order to ease parking restrictions, as many people are still home full time.
Councilman David Ryu Proposes Increased Penalties for "Largely Maskless Gatherings" INCLUDING WATER SHUT OFF
Due to recent large gatherings, namely house parties, taking place in the Los Angeles area, LA City Councilman David Ryu proposed a motion today to increase legal penalties for those holding "largely maskless gatherings" that are in direct violation of emergency health orders put in place at the county level.
Ryu's proposal includes prohibition of permits for property owners with open violations at other sites, plus LADWP shut off at cited locations where violations are taking place. The end of the motion states how vital these tools proposed by Ryu currently are in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19—"The need for these tools has become even more clear this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Property owners in Los Angeles, particularly those adjacent to now-closed Hollywood nightlife locations, have been responsible for renting out residences as 'party houses." The proposal goes on to state "These locations are endangering all Angelenos by enabling large, close-contact, largely maskless gatherings, in direct violation of City Emergency Orders and County health Orders."
Updated August 3, 2020:
West Hollywood eatery Employees Only is back with a special summer pop-up called Summer Social Club. Located in the revamped parking lot at the Santa Monica Blvd restaurant, Summer Social Club is a multi-week summertime 'festival' which features a roster of events, food pop-ups and wellness activities, all while ensuring socially-distant seating and space.
You can check out the pop-up from Wednesday through Sunday, currently until the end of August. Come out for morning yoga, a kombucha bar, potting classes, and even haircuts by The Barber Truck. There'll be movie nights, live comedy, and more.
Tom Sopit, owner of Employee's Only LA via @kyunglacnn
All activities will be paired with delicious eats, of course. The calendar of events includes pop-up brunches from the chefs at Salt's Cure, a sustainable raw seafood event with 10% of proceeds going to BLM, and more. Summer Social Club also features all day offerings, including refreshing new cocktails. Put on your mask and see you out there!
Get Your Dodger Dogs Delivered
We'll admit, we saw this one coming! Now that the MLB season has kicked off in a much different manner than usual, we can't help miss our favorite ball-game eats. If you're like us and have a serious hankering for a Dodger Dog right now, we've got some good news for you.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, in partnership with Postmates and Home Team Kitchens, have launched their own delivery-only kitchen, called Home Plate. Home Plate is accessible via Postmates, and currently delivers to West Hollywood and Hollywood, and hopes to expand to more neighborhoods soon.
All you have to do is fine Home Plate on the Postmates app, and select which stadium eats you want delivered. Choose from your classic 10-inch Dodger Dog, all-beef Super Dodger Dog, garlic fries, and nachos served in a souvenir Dodgers helmet—you'll almost feel like you're at a game! Order now!
Stay up to date with the 2020 Dodgers season schedule here!
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CANCELS HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
This morning, Universal Studios announced the decision to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights events in both California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a CNBC article, the park said in a statement that "Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe."
The start of Halloween Horror Nights would normally be just weeks away, typically opening to the public mid-September. COVID-19 cases are still on the rise as we near the end of July, and it's impossible to know how things might progress moving into the fall season.
Though we are sad that we won't be experiencing HHN in 2020, we hope to see you back out there in 2021!
A Boat-In Movie Theater is Coming To Los Angeles This Fall
Photo by Beyond Cinema
Social distancing got you feeling cooped up for the summer and yearning to watch a movie away from your home? Well, we know what will get you out of the couch during this fall season.
A floating cinema is coming to Los Angeles this September! And yes, by floating, we mean on the water!
The Australian event company, Beyond Cinema, announced that they will be returning to the US with a “twist” to the movie theater experience. For one week only, visitors will be able to purchase their mini boat, which will fit up to eight of their pals, and watch a film from it. The cinema will be made up of 12 to 24 mini boats, with safe social distancing between each one.
Many companies have been attempting to find new ways for audience members to enjoy a great movie amidst the pandemic. With the resurgence of drive-in movie theaters, the next best (safe) thing is this new boat-in cinema. The schedule will be announced when tickets go on sale.
The location, prices and movie lineup have not been revealed at this time! But, according to Beyond Cinema’s website, movie-goers can expect a mix of golden oldens and new releases. Guests will also get free popcorn and other movie snacks, while drinks will be available to purchase before they set sail.
The Floating Cinema will be docking in Los Angeles from September 2- September 6!
Be the first to know to find out when tickets go on sale by clicking here.
Governor Newsom Shares New Guidelines Allowing Hair Salons, Barbershops to Operate Again
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a blanket order for 30 counties to close all indoor operations for restaurants, hair salons, barbershops, and more. Yesterday, on Monday, July 20, the Governor announced revised safety guidelines, specifically for barbershops and hair salons in order to allow them to continue operations.
The new guidelines require that all indoor operations still stay closed, but hair salons and barbershops can now operate outdoors, under a tent, canopy, or a structure that allows sufficient air movement, according to the state guidelines.
Newsom's state-wide order also has brought up potential news of a second stay-at-home order being put in place for LA County, something that Mayor Eric Garcetti has commented on, but not confirmed. In a CNN interview on Sunday morning, Garcetti admitted reopenings "happened too quickly."
The second stay-at-home order has not been confirmed, though the LA Times reports it is likely, as Garcetti also said recently that the county is "on the brink" of another order in order to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases.
Orange County Opens First Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Site in Irvine
As of Monday, July 13, Orange County announced it would open its very first drive-up COVID-19 testing site, according to the LA Times. Irvine will be the first city in Orange County to offer a drive-up testing site for residents.
Residents of Orange County can access the 3-lane testing facility at Orange County Great Park Parking Lot No. 6. The testing site is open Monday through Thursday, from 8am to 5pm. Those who wish to be tested must book an appointment in advance. So far, the testing location is set to be open for one month only, but the LA Times reports that Irvine City Council may vote to extend the length of the operation.
Tests are booked for the next month, but we keep you updated should more reservations open up.
BREAKING NEWS: ALL INDOOR OPERATIONS MUST CLOSE STATEWIDE, GYMS, SALONS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, AND MALLS MUST CLOSE ALL INDOOR OPERATIONS
On Monday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom made a major decision regarding closing indoor operations for multiple industries. Newsom announced that statewide, all indoor operations must cease for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms.
Additionally, the governor ordered that 30 counties, including Los Angeles County, must close indoor operations for fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls.
The governor made this announcement on Monday, July 13 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state, with a total of 326,187 total cases, with 6,504 of those being reported on Sunday, July 12, alone. In Los Angeles County, there are currently a total of 133,596 confirmed cases, with 3,202 of those being announced yesterday as well, according to the LA Times.
WEST HOLLYWOOD TO FINE THOSE NOT WEARING MASKS; RELAXED PARKING ENFORCEMENT EXTENDED
Since early May, face coverings and masks have been mandatory for all LA County residents to wear when leaving their homes. Now, the LA County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood Station is taking things one step further, warning residents that if you are outside and not wearing a face mask or covering, you could be fined. The citation could cost you up to $300, according to the LASD WeHo Twitter.
In March, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced relaxed parking enforcement rules after the Safer at Home order was put into place. Now that we're nearly four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, KTLA is reporting that relaxed parking rules have now been extended until August 1, 2020, meaning there will be relaxed enforcement of street sweeping parking violations, gridlock zone parking restrictions, expired vehicle registration, and more violations. In a Wednesday meeting, the City Council voted to approve extended relaxed parking rules, 13 to 1. Originally, relaxed parking rules were set to end on July 6, following the holiday weekend. The City Council's decision nullifies the order originally issued by the Department of Transportation.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM SAYS INDOOR RESTAURANT OPERATIONS + MOre MUST SHUT DOWN
As of the early afternoon on Wednesday July 1, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced via Instagram that effective immediately, 19 California counties including Los Angeles must close indoors operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. The announcements of these closures follow previous announcements of LA County beaches closing for Fourth of July weekend, and that all bars in the county must close operations, both indoor and outdoor.
Some restaurants are still offering outdoor dining service, and tons of Los Angeles restaurants are delivering, too. If you do choose to go out, remember to wear your mask. Shop masks being sold by local businesses, here.
LA County Beaches Closed for Fourth of July Weekend
Due to COVID-19, this year's Fourth of July will look very different! On March 29, the Los Angeles County announced that beaches, piers and bike paths will be closed for the July 4 weekend.
During the holiday weekend, beaches will be totally closed to all recreational activities. Beach parking lots will be closed, as well.
Fireworks displays are also off-limits over the weekend to prevent gathering.
“Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but it’s the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus. The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. "
Find out more here.
GOVERNER Newsom Orders Bars Closed in LA County
After only two weeks of announcing the reopening of many local businesses, Governer Gavin Newsom ordered all bars and nightlife to close in seven counties, including Los Angeles County.
Yesterday, June 29, Gov. Newsom tweeted the order, which also affects Fresno, Riverside, San Bernadino and more counties.
“COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a written statement. “That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”
LA COUNTY ALLOWS BARS, NAIL SALONS, AND MORE TO REOPEN
As of June 18, 2020, Los Angeles County has let residents and business owners know that many more businesses that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now allowed to reopen. This list of businesses includes bars, breweries and tasting rooms, nail salons, tattoo shops, personal care services including estheticians and massage therapy businesses. Announced almost simultaneously with the above update, Governor Gavin Newsom also announced at the end of last week that all Californians are required to wear masks when outside of their homes. You can read more on Newsom's order here.
LA COUNTY ALLOWS GYMS, MUSEUMS, HOTELS & MORE TO REOPEN FRIDAY
On Wednesday, June 10, Los Angeles County announced that gyms, sports arenas (without audiences), day camps, museums, zoos, aquariums, and hotels will be allowed to reopen Friday, June 12.
This move will be the largest step since the health order has been in effect. Following Newsom's announcement to move into the next stage, all of these businesses will reopen once they implement new safety measures and health requirements. Campgrounds, swimming pools, TV, and film production will also be included in this stage of reopening.
The order will be modified on Thursday, allowing businesses to reopen as early as Friday. Stay up-to-date on the guidelines for reopening here.
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES RECEIVES PERMISSION TO REOPEN RESTAURANTS FOR IN-PERSON DINING, SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS CAN RESUME BUSINESS
On Friday, May 29, 2020, the LA Times reported that Governor Gavin Newsom has given Los Angeles County permission to advance in its reopening process. This past Wednesday, LA County filed a variance with the state in order to accelerate the county's reopening of businesses due to the economic impact of COVID-19 closures.
The California Department of Health has laid out specific criteria counties must meet to reopen, and through their variance filing, LA County officials believe the county has met them.
This morning, Governor Newsom approved this variance, which allows restaurants to open for in-person dining, and for salons and barbershops to resume services for customers. The most important thing to note is that in order to resume business, all businesses will need to meet the county's health and safety guidelines.
We are awaiting official word from Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti on how these plans will go into effect, though on Wednesday of this week, the city did release initial guidelines for restaurants and businesses on how they can move toward safe reopenings. As soon as we learn more from City Hall, we will be sure to update you.
Governor Newsom Announces Some California Counties May Ease Into Stage 3 Reopenings for Hair Salons and Barbershops
Following Memorial Day weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom has shared that many counties in California who have met previously stated safety requirements for reopening may now ease into the next stage of the state's reopening program. Right now, the only businesses included in the Stage 3 reopenings are hair salons and barbershops, which may open, only if they follow strict modifications.
On May 25, the governor also laid out guidelines and qualifications for in-person religious ceremonies to start back up. Learn more details here.
According to the LA Times, 47 of 58 CA counties have met Newsom's regional standards for reopening. Los Angeles County is not currently included in this number, and we will update you with more LA-specific information as we have it.
Are you curious about what's open and what's not? This handy page from the state's online COVID-19 resource site is super helpful. For specifics on what is open vs. closed in LA County, refer to this page.
MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI ANNOUNCES DODGER STADIUM AS NEW COVID-19 TESTING SITE
Currently not in use for spring baseball, our city's iconic Dodger Stadium is now open as the city's largest COVID-19 free testing site. The site will allow for testing up to 6,000 LA county residents per day. Mayor Garcetti cited the Dodger Stadium testing site as the largest in the United States. Watch Mayor Garcetti's full address here. Click here to schedule a free COVID-19 test with the county of Los Angeles.
THE LATEST ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM'S GUIDELINES FOR DINE-IN RESTAURANTS TO REOPEN
In addition to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May 12 announcement regarding modifications for “lower-risk workplaces” to prepare to re-open, he also provided more specifics on regulations for dine-in restaurants to re-open. For now, the re-opening guidelines only apply in counties that meet specific public health benchmarks, such as fewer than 1 case per 10,000 residents and no deaths in the last 14 days. We do not have any specific updates from Mayor Eric Garcetti on the re-opening of Los Angeles County dine-in restaurants, but we will share that information as soon as it is released.
To give you a clearer picture of what re-opening might look like, several rural California counties, including Amador and Butte County, are allowing dine-in restaurants to reopen, granted they adhere to the following guidelines outlined by the state:
Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
Implement individual control measures and screenings
Implement disinfecting protocols
Implement physical distancing guidelines
Newsom emphasized that while he was providing an opportunity for looser restrictions, it will be up to local government officials to approve what is safest in their respective counties.
See Newsom’s official guidelines here.
See the roadmap for reopening here.
Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Additional Modifications to Stage 2 Business Re-openings + Testing Updates
On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom shared guidance for California businesses on further re-openings. This latest modification to Stage 2 allows the following business types to re-open, pending county decisions: offices (that cannot telework), malls and strip malls (for curbside and outdoor pickup) and outdoor museums.
Newsom also shared that as a state, California has officially tested over one million people, and continues actively testing for the COVID-19 virus. Testing sites remain open and ready for residents of CA to be tested. Learn more information testing here.
LA County Beaches to Reopen For Active Recreation on Wednesday May 13
Los Angeles County Beaches are scheduled to open Wednesday, May 13th. County beaches such as Manhattan and Redondo Beach will reopen for active recreation, according to the Los Angeles Times. While group sports like volleyball are not permitted, beachgoers are permitted to run, walk, swim, and surf.
Face coverings will be required for those on the sand as well as practicing social distancing from others. Parking lots, bike paths, piers, and boardwalks will remain closed. Sunbathing, picnicking, and sitting on the sand are still not allowed.
Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery told the Los Angeles Times that if beachgoers fail to follow the guidelines, the beaches will be closed again by local and state officials.
Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Some Businesses May Be Able to Reopen Friday, May 8
This afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom shared some major updates regarding the reopening of California, and which businesses have the green light to do so (following strict health standards) as early as this Friday, May 8. Reach more here.
COVID-19 Testing Available for All LA Residents
As of April 30th, Los Angeles has officially become the first major city in America to offer wide-scale testing to all of its residents. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that all county residents who want a test can now get one for the first time since the cases appeared in January. All residents with or without symptoms are eligible for free testing. Learn more here.
City Parks and Recreation Centers to Close
As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an order to close LA City Parks sports and recreation centers, and closing parking at city beaches in order to reduce group gatherings and encourage people to stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
County-Wide "SAFER AT HOME" Emergency Order Issued
Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a "Safer at Home" emergency order this evening around 5PM PT ordering all residents of Los Angeles to stay inside their homes and immediately limit all non-essential movement.
Please note that grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, and farmers markets will remain open. Businesses and organizations that provide food will also remain open for takeout and delivery.
Indoor shopping malls and nonessential retail businesses must close. (Source ABC News)
Mayor Garcetti Issues Executive
Order Closing Businesses
As of Monday, March 16, 2020, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive order requiring the closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment venues (including but not limited to movie theaters, live-music venues, and bowling alleys), and gyms.
Restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in service, and many are still offering take-out, but we recommend checking with the restaurant or business you'd like to order from prior to ordering. We're compiling a list of online funds and other ways to help our local service and entertainment industry at this time. Please share!
If you're wondering how to help your community most right now, we'd like to share this graphic from Governor Gavin Newsom on how you can do so. Most importantly, wash your hands, and please practice social distancing. This is how we're going to reduce the spread of COVID-19 together. The California Health Department has provided more precautionary measures you can take, here.
NEWSOM ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CANCEL ALL EVENTS WITH CAPACITIES OF 250+
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March, 12, 2020 to cancel events with capacities of 250+. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a directive all non-essential community events 50+ participants be cancelled.
We're keeping our list up to date as new news comes in, because there's a lot going on in Los Angeles and a lot to keep track of.
Live Nation and AEG have suspended tours at least through the end of March, per Pitchfork. Postponement and cancellation information is coming in on a show-by-show basis.
We are updating individual show information as soon as we have it.