SACRAMENTO (CBSLA/AP) — California will allow indoor concerts, theater performances and other private gatherings later this month, but attendees will be required to be tested or show proof of vaccination, officials said Friday.
The new state guidelines will take effect starting April 15.
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The California Department of Public Health announced the changes on Friday as the rate of people testing positive for the virus nears a record low.
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How many people can attend events 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. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the new rules are in part a result of vaccinations.
This week, Southern California fans were allowed back to baseball stadiums, racetracks, and other sporting events and restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other venues reopened after counties either moved or announced moves into the red coronavirus reopening tier.
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