Movie theaters in Los Angeles county are poised to reopen at limited capacity as soon as Saturday.
The county had to meet several requirements, such as distributing two million vaccine doses to underserved populations and having fewer than 10 new cases a day per 100,000 people. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California should hit the vaccine milestone on Friday. Once the state reaches that threshold, county officials will have to sign off in order for cinemas to reopen.
“Southern California, L.A., will be a big beneficiary of this new metric,” Newsom said during Wednesday’s daily press conference.
Given the quick turnaround, however, it’s unclear which theaters — if any — will be able to reopen by this weekend. Privately, some major theater circuits believe their venues won’t be operational until March 19.
When they do get the green light, multiplexes in the country’s most populous county will be able to operate at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Gyms and indoor dining, at limited capacity, will also be included as California moves into the red tier.