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Scott Steepleton, Editor
10:24 am PDT March 23, 2021

As cases of COVID-19 decrease as more people get vaccinated, the government is relaxing some of the restrictions that have choked business over the past year.

The latest revision to the Los Angeles County Health Order includes good news for breweries, office-based entities, financial institutions and others in Malibu and beyond.

Wineries and breweries that do not provide a meal to customers are now allowed to offer outdoor service, with on-site consumption ending by 8 p.m., and with the following restrictions:

  • Guests must have reservations;

  • Guests are limited to a 90-minute visit;

  • Guests must be seated at tables to place an order, and they can’t stand or congregate with others.

These types of establishments that serve a meal can resume indoor dining at 25 percent of indoor capacity, while following the same modifications required of restaurants.

Financial institutions, non-school learning centers, tax preparers and dry cleaners are now allowed to offer indoor operations at half their normal capacity.

For mental health, support and spiritual counseling, the in-person participant limit is now 12 versus 10. However, officials say these services should be provided remotely when possible.

Office-based worksites that can’t do their work remotely also have an indoor capacity of 50 percent.

When it comes to youth and adult recreational sports, LOS Angeles County is following the state in allowing indoor training, conditioning, contact practice and competition if they adhere to state requirements, including limiting participants to 10 percent of indoor occupancy; regular testing of everyone; filing with the county within 14 days a  Return to Play Safety Plan and a Site-Specific Safety Plan.

No observers will be allowed for any youth or adult indoor sports activities, including competitions.