After nearly a year and hundreds of cancelled performances, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that thanks to near record low virus infection rates around the state, California will allow indoor concerts, theater and conferences to resume beginning April 15th.
In order to attend, people will have to either show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of full vaccination. The number of people who will be allowed inside the gatherings will still depend on the local rate of infection. Indoor capacity will be limited at 10% for venues of up to 1,500 people and 20% for venues with capacity greater than that.
Private events, which include receptions or conferences, will also be allowed indoors, but limited to 50 people. That capacity is raised if all guests have been tested for the coronavirus or can show full proof of vaccination.
"Today's update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a result of the progress we are making both in vaccinations and in controlling the spread of COVID-19," California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said. "By following public health guidelines such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated when eligible, we can resume additional activities as we take steps to reduce risk."
Officials with the California Department of Public Health made the announcement as the rate of people testing positive for the COVID-19 virus has fallen dramatically as vaccination efforts ramp up around the state.
However, Gov. Newsom urged residents to remain vigilant about wearing masks and maintaining social distancing despite the easing of restrictions.
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