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Scott Steepleton, Editor
9:34 am PDT April 3, 2021

Beginning April 15, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or of a recent negative test result will be required to get the maximum guest count allowed at indoor live events in Los Angeles County as well as wedding receptions at the spectacular outdoor venues in Malibu.

The California Department of Public Health on Friday released new attendance guidelines, by tier in the four-tier Blueprint For a Safer Economy, for gatherings, private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, and indoor seated live events and performances.

The new guidelines nudge the state toward making residents carry papers showing a recent negative COVID test or proof of full vaccination.

The idea of making people prove their COVID status is controversial. On the same day embattled Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced a proof-for-play plan in the Golden State, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, banned the use of so-called “vaccine passports” in the Sunshine State, citing “individual freedom.”

Los Angeles County is in the second least restrictive orange tier.

Under the new rules, for private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, pre-purchased tickets, a defined guest list and assigned seating are some of the measures that would be required.

Orange-tier outdoor gatherings would be limited to 100 people; 300 “if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.”

Checking guests’ papers would be the responsibility of the event organizer.

In the orange tier, indoor activities are allowed “if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people.”

When case rate, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccine count combine to allow a move to the least restrictive yellow tier, outdoor gatherings would be capped at 200 people; 400 if guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

Indoor activities would be allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination, but capacity would be limited to 200.

For indoor live events or performances, activities will be allowed with capacity limits and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to California residents.

Capacity will be limited to 15 percent or 200 people, increasing to 35 percent if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

Once a county hits the least restrictive yellow tier capacity is limited to 25 percent or 300 people, increasing to half of normal if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. 

Venues with a minimum capacity of 1,501 orange-tier capacity is limited to 10 percent or 2,000 people; 35 percent if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

Capacity increases to 50 percent in the yellow tier if all guests show proof of full vaccination or a negative test within the prior 72 hours.