Los Angeles County will move into the second highest tier of the state’s four-tiered reopening system next week, officials announced in a news conference Tuesday.
“Reaching the Orange Tier is a welcome milestone for Los Angeles County and everyone who lives and works here. After a long, tough year, this is the clearest sign yet that we are moving into a new season of hope and renewal,” the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors said in a statement.
The new health order will allow bars, which were previously forced to shut down, to open outdoors with modifications. The order goes into effect on April 5.
The orange tier also allows restaurants to increase their indoor dining capacity from 25% to 50%. Gyms and fitness centers may increase their indoor capacity from 10% to 25%.
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County's public health director, said in a news conference that the county will follow the state’s framework, but will add additional safety modifications for some sectors.
The new guidance will be posted on Friday, Ferrer said.