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With Los Angeles County on Thursday entering the yellow tier — the least restrictive of Gov. Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint For a Safer Economy — museums, wineries, gyms and other sectors can open to more people indoors.
Signs warning that masks are required in Malibu dot Pacific Coast Highway while Malibu City Hall remains closed, except to those with appointments.
City officials made no announcement about any local changes coinciding with the county’s easing of restrictions.
Interim City Manager Steve McClary told Surfside News, “We have not yet had the discussions with staff and council but understand everyone is eager to begin moving back to normal as soon as possible. We will be discussing this next week.”
Under the revised county health order, fitness facilities can now operate at 50 percent of indoor capacity while also allowing outdoor use. Wineries may also operate outdoors and at 50 percent of indoor capacity, or 200 people whichever is fewer.
Museums are among the establishments that may now open their indoor operations to 75 percent of indoor occupancy.
Adamson House Museum is gearing up for a reopening of its museum, and the return of outdoor weddings at the picturesque spot is also being discussed.
The order allows places of worship to have fully vaccinated attendees “sit in a designated section, similar to fully vaccinated sections for spectators at indoor or outdoor seated live events.” However, the state Department of Public Health advises that “activities such as singing, and chanting negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.”
At Las Flores Creek Park, nanny Sandra Espinoza was happy to see the slow return to a pre pandemic life.
“I feel so happy because we’re getting back again. I already got my government vaccine and I feel more comfortable.”
The 30-year-old Topanga resident, who had not been to the park in a long time, decided to bring her son William, 3, and a 2-year-old charge to the park the day the yellow-tier restrictions went into effect.
“They love this park,” Espinoza said. “We stopped coming here (because of the pandemic) and now we’ll start doing it again.”
While Thursday marked a step forward, Espinoza can't help but recall the three months that she was out of work because of the virus.
“It was so bad because I’m very worried about the pandemic, about the virus, about everything because I was out of work,” she said. “Bad time.”
“Today I feel much better,” she said.
Espinoza laughed when asked if she was hesitant to get inoculated, the final jab of which was about one month ago.
“Because I already got the vaccine I feel comfortable.”
As for those on the fence, Espinoza added, “I recommend that they go and get the vaccine. It’s the best.”