Going to theme parks and sports venues was regarded as high-risk things in the pandemic period. Despite this, the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti stated that it is demonstrated to be a safe thing to do when the venues operate at a restricted capacity.
The Mayor said that outdoor activities and stadiums at that capacity are no super-spreaders. However, he stated that a packed sporting venue is an altogether different situation, as is an American theme park that operates at 100% capacity.
The Mayor also said that in the last year, controlled settings with protocols like temperature inspections and capacity limits have been less likely to spread the coronavirus disease.
You would like to shut the venues down only in worst-case scenarios, said the LA Mayor. Over time, activities at places with sufficient spacing come under the non-high-risk category; when the attendance is low enough, you could proceed with those things, said Garcetti.
Orange County and Los Angeles County may enter LA’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy’s ‘red tier’ on March second week. Therefore, the authorities will permit operating stadiums at 20% capacity, and theme parks at a 5% lesser capacity than the former, from April 01, 2021. In the event of the counties entering the relatively less critical yellow tier and orange tier, then the capacities would go up.
Los Angeles will benefit from the fresh metric that possibly would be satisfied on March 12, 2021, said the Governor of California Gavin Newsom. The Governor added that there would be more activity and further relaxation of the coronavirus tiers at the end of the week and into the next week.
Other US states have permitted seating at a restricted capacity for professional sporting events. Most notable of the states is Florida, where the annual Super Bowl happened with 38% of Raymond James Stadium’s seating being filled.
At the time of writing this, there has been no sudden increase in coronavirus disease cases since that annual sporting event in Florida. Instead, there is a reduction in the state’s daily rate of positive coronavirus cases at this time.
California Stadium Reopenings
California’s stadiums will have fans seated in those for the first occasion since the arrival of the epidemic. That is because COVID-19 restrictions in the state made MLB teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Rams, and LA Chargers play behind closed doors. The Los Angeles Dodgers played the 2020 MLB season with cardboard representations of people and crowd noise in the stadium.
Stan Kasten of the Dodgers is hopeful that the state would keep being further along in its fight against the coronavirus disease, and that the stadium could safely accommodate fans to begin the season. As for Kasten, safety is important. Therefore, the LA Dodgers would keep working with MLB and local officials to make final decisions regarding the protocol to safeguard fans, staff, and players.
Entertainment sites, including stadiums, are working to start their operations now. The Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park promised that it would restart its rollercoaster rides after February 2021. On the other hand, Anaheim’s Disneyland plans on reopening in late April as the venue is training its workers. Los Angeles’s ‘Hollywood Bowl’, meanwhile, would think about creating strategies to accommodate its concerts’ audiences in a safe way.
Garcetti expects California and Los Angeles County to authorize the process of reopening outdoor entertainment sites at reduced capacities. Anyhow, that authorization would help the venues return to a state that would allow them to increase the capacities if the required herd immunity and vaccine administration rate is achieved.