Today it was announced that Los Angeles County has met the requirements to move into the most lenient COVID-19 tier in the State of California, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy’s yellow tier. This means that businesses that have had to remain closed may be able to open soon and businesses that are already open may be allowed to increase their capacity. Universal Studios Hollywood is located in Los Angeles County and, therefore, may be impacted.
According to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, being in tier 4 — the yellow tier — will allow the following:
Most indoor businesses can open with modifications. Some can open indoors at 50% capacity for example, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms, cardrooms, and bars. Personal care services can open indoors with modifications.
The potential move to tier 4 was reported by the Los Angeles Times, who said that the move could come as early as next week. Per the LA Times:
According to new state data released Tuesday, the county’s coronavirus case rate — adjusted based on the number of tests performed — dropped to 1.9 new cases per day per 100,000 people, reaching the threshold to enter California’s final yellow tier.
The county would have to maintain its numbers next week to advance.
Los Angeles COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have rapidly been decreasing since more and more citizens have been able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. The LA Times wrote:
To date, 47.2% of Californians have received at least one dose and 28.8% are considered fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or the recently resumed single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Universal Studios Hollywood lies in the heart of Los Angeles County, and if the county moves to tier 4, that could mean that the California theme park would be able to make some big changes. According to the COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Amusement Parks and Theme parks:
- Parks must limit visitors to a maximum of 35% capacity.
- Indoor capacity limited to a maximum of 25%
- Indoor dining limited to a maximum of 50% capacity
- Walk up ticket sales allowed.
- Park operators must collect complete name and contact information (including phone number) of the ticket purchaser for necessary contact tracing
At this time, Universal Studios Hollywood must continue to operate in tier 3 — the orange tier– meaning that the current park capacity is 25%. The theme park is also only open to California residents at this time. Universal Studios tells its Guests:
We continue to work closely with local health officials and our own health and safety experts and reference CDC guidelines with respect to the safety of our Team Members and guests during this limited opening of Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park and Universal CityWalk.
It is important to note that Universal Studios Hollywood has not announced whether they will begin to allow more Guests into the theme park once Los Angeles County moves into tier 4. Inside the Magic will keep readers updated if and when that happens.
Please remember that at this time, LA County has not officially moved into the least restrictive tier.
What do you think? Do you hope Universal Hollywood increases capacity soon?
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