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Scott Steepleton, Editor
10:53 am PDT May 5, 2021

Thursday marks a milestone in Malibu and the rest of Los Angeles County moving out from under the sweeping restrictions that have been in place in response to COVID-19.

With an adjusted case rate of 1.6 new cases per 100,000 and with an overall test positivity rate of 0.8 percent, the county can officially operate in the least restrictive of Gov. Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint For a Safer Economy.

The yellow tier means a revised county Health Officer Order will go into effect on Thursday — and with that comes fewer restrictions on many sectors of the economy, including gyms and fitness centers, yoga studios, private events, bars, hotels and short-term lodging rentals, private gatherings, breweries, restaurants, indoor and outdoor live events and performances, wineries and tasting rooms and museums.

Bars that don’t serve food, which have been closed for nearly a year, will now be able to provide indoor service at 25 percent capacity.

Every sector will still have to operate with safety modifications, including masking, distancing and infection control to reduce the risk of transmission.