State permits stadiums, leisure venues and amusement parks to reopen at restricted capacities | Information

For the first time in about a year, Bay Area residents will be able to participate in sports and entertainment events and outdoor amusement parks, state officials said Friday.

The state’s new guidelines on major events would allow up to 20% capacity for sports stadiums and up to 15% capacity for amusement parks once the county where a stadium or park is located is no longer in the purple level of the state reopening system for pandemics.

Stadiums in counties that remain in the purple category would be limited to just 100 attendees and would also be excluded from concession sales.

The new instructions for the stadium and amusement park will come into effect on April 1, said State Health Minister Dr. Mark Ghaly.

“For many months we have made a strong distinction between outdoor activities, which are much less risky than indoor activities,” said Ghaly on Friday during a briefing on the new guidelines.

Participation in the stadium and amusement park is subject to various measures to reduce the coronavirus, such as: B. wearing masks and physical distancing. State officials state that they are only allowed to attend if they are a California resident.

Ghaly also noted that the state’s travel advisory requiring residents to travel no more than 120 miles from their homes remains in effect.

Ghaly and Dee Dee Myers, a senior advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, formulated the new guidelines for stadiums, venues and outdoor amusement parks as another step in lifting the tiered reopening system, vaccinating more residents and falling case rates across the state.

“The goal here is planned obsolescence of the blueprint in the broader sense,” said Myers. “We want it to go away, but only when it’s safe.”

The new guidelines, coupled with the state’s announcement of Thursday’s planned change to the fall thresholds, starting with districts moving in and out of levels, will create the conditions for fans in the seats when the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants are the regular season Major League Baseball will begin April 1st.

“We are very pleased to be able to safely welcome the fans back to our stadium for the coming season,” said A-President Dave Kaval in a statement.

“We thank Governor Newsom for his guidance and guidance throughout the process and Alameda County for working with us to develop a comprehensive plan that complies with local health guidelines and provides a safe experience for our fans, staff, players and providers.”

Bay Area amusement parks like California’s Great America in Santa Clara and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk could also reopen.

San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have already moved to the red row, while Alameda and Santa Cruz counties are expected to do so in the next two weeks.