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LA Is Opening Up Again, But Please Use Caution, Health Officials Say

People enjoy lunch at Grand Central Market as indoor dining reopens in Los Angeles, on March 15, 2021. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)
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Los Angeles County health officials are urging the public to keep wearing masks and abiding by social distancing guidelines, as restaurants, gyms, museums and movie theaters begin to reopen at limited capacity this week.

With more people intermingling, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says people need to be even more careful, not less, to avoid a surge in cases like we saw last summer:

"It is hard when things open up. You do feel better, and there is so much reason for optimism right now. But we're going to temper the optimism with like, let's play by the same rules and keep each other safe, until everyone has a chance to get that vaccination."

Ferrer says health inspectors are out visiting businesses that are reopening, making sure they're in compliance with safety protocols.

If people follow the safety protocols and things go well, she says L.A. County could move from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier in a few weeks.

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For more info about restrictions in each of the state's reopening tiers, take a scroll through this handy PDF.

And for some more context, here's the breakdown of tiers, by color:



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