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.

Leisure venue capacities improve, however go away marriage ceremony business with 25 individual capability

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Virginia (WHSV) – New changes to Virginia’s COVID-19 restrictions went into effect March 1, and now allows more people to work in multiple public places, such as public places. B. Recreational sports events and overnight summer camps.

Entertainment venues can now have up to 250 people indoors or 30 percent capacity and up to 1,000 people outdoors or 30 percent capacity.

Social events such as weddings are subject to social gathering restrictions and only allow 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

2020 should be the first fully operational year for Peace Farms in Mount Crawford.

Event coordinator Becky Hummel said it has been difficult to gift clients their dream wedding with when restrictions allow only a portion of their closest family and friends, and she has heard that some couples are choosing to book outside of the state where COVID is concerned -19 restrictions allow more guests.

She said other states have different guidelines for home gatherings than venue gatherings, and she thinks Virginia should, too.

“We just want to ask the Virginia Governor to distinguish between the two and focus on what venues can do to improve security that many have already put in place,” said Hummel.

The Peace Farm venue has invested thousands of dollars in air purification systems and cleaning equipment, according to Hummel.

She said people can easily create social distance in their space, and they have entrances and exits, staff refurbishing high-contact areas during events, large doors that open, and hand sanitizer in their facilities.

Laurel Detamore and Cody Voltin originally planned their wedding to take place at Peace Farms in April 2020. After rescheduling several times since then, they are now hoping to get married in May.

“I don’t want to move for the fifth time,” Detamore said. “If you want to keep it down to 25, this isn’t the wedding I imagined as a kid, so I’ll probably put it off again.”

The couple is happy that Peace Farms didn’t charge them extra for rescheduling multiple times, but other couples weren’t as lucky. They said it was financially exhausted in other ways, such as sending out multiple save the dates and invitations, as well as memorabilia.

Hummel said that in 2020, Frieden Farms was able to host multiple half capacity weddings, which equates to 149 people. However, some couples have postponed their weddings to 2021 in hopes of having a bigger event.

Several other industries such as photographers, florists, bakers, caterers, DJs, evening wear shops and rental companies were also affected last year.

Hummel said the few events they held at half capacity went well with no reported outbreaks, and she says Virginia should allow the venues to do so, at least for now.

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