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California to Allow Indoor Concerts and Performances on April 15th!

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If this is what you’re imagining, you’re way off…for now.

After over a year of watching our favorite performers play shows in their living rooms via Zoom, it’s looking like we may able to see live music indoors again very soon.

On Friday afternoon, DoTheBay reported that the California Department of Public Health announced it will be allowing indoor seated live events and performances beginning April 15th. We’re talking concerts, comedy shows, plays, and more. This comes as the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 nears a record low.

That said, we’re not gonna be packed asshole to elbow into venues and raving our faces off quite yet. Social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizer, and other precautions will still very much be de rigueur. Venues will be operating at a diminished capacity and there will be other restrictions as well.

As ABC7 notes, “To attend, people will have to either be tested or show proof of full vaccination. How many people can attend gatherings will depend on the level of restrictions in place at each county. The state divides counties into four tiers based on how widespread the virus is in those places.”

It’s all broken down in the state’s Blue Print for a Safer Economy.

This table shows what venues in which tiers are allowed to do regarding indoor live events. (Table from Blue Print for a Safer Economy)

This obviously coincides nicely with the fact that April 15th is the same day that all adults in California are eligible for the vaccine.

One interesting thing that was brought up in the DoTheBay article is that, in some counties we may actually see vaccinated vs. not vaccinated sections, which is something that the Bitchy Waiter brought up in his column this week.

Per DotheBay: “There’s also a possibility for venues to separate guests into vaccinated vs. not vaccinated sections, in which fully vaccinated guests may sit close together in a section with masks on, according to state Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón.”

So what venue do you want to see a show at first?

To learn more check out DoTheBay’s article right here.


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