Morning Brief: What The Red Tier Means, An Explosion In Ontario, And Revisiting ‘The Office’
Good morning, L.A. It’s March 17.
As we’ve reported, L.A. County entered the less restrictive red tier for reopening this week. While it’s exciting, it’s also confusing — especially given the less-than-ideal job that local government has done with letting us know what we can and can’t do during the pandemic.
With that in mind, my colleague Lisa Brenner created an in-depth guide about what’s open now, how open it is, and what the rules, restrictions and guidelines are around each industry and operation.
“If everything feels confusing and exhausting, that's because it is — but this guide isn't,” she says. “We translated some of the lengthy official-speak into snappy human words, and it's streamlined to take you to the newest rules, direct from the county."
Most businesses can reopen at between 10% and 50% capacity. The 10% limit is reserved largely for places where people will be sweating and moving around a lot, like gyms, and dance and yoga studios. Places where, on the flip side, people will be moving much less or even sitting still — such as malls and personal care services — can reopen at 50%.
Wineries and breweries have the most restrictions (because alcohol), and as with some previous guidelines, one can’t help but wonder how some of these rules are going to be enforced:
- Reservations required
- Visits are 90 minutes max
- Alcohol consumption ends at 8 p.m.
- Tables 8 feet apart
- 6 people max per table
- Table occupants can be from 3 households
Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to enjoying some of the newly permitted activities. Just remember that you still have to mask up and socially distance — we haven’t come this far only to surge again.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
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What Else You Need To Know Today
- The fatal shooting of an apparently suicidal man by an L.A. Sheriff's deputy again raises questions about using armed law enforcement to respond to mental health crises.
- Former Orange County Deputy District Attorney Peter Hardin will run as a reformer in next year's D.A. election.
- L.A. County health officials are urging people to keep wearing masks and using caution as restaurants, gyms, museums and movie theaters begin to reopen.
- Some state and local leaders say it's time for speed cameras in L.A.
- A huge explosion caused by a large stash of fireworks rocked an Ontario neighborhood.
- As part of a series of conversations that Cal State Northridge journalism students had with loved ones about COVID-19 vaccinations, one person’s father has already had the virus — and the family doesn’t know if his body can tolerate it again.
Before You Go … Looking Back At The Cringey Joy Of ‘The Office’
Starting in 2005, The Office gave us an inside look at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, and introduced us to the signature Jim Halpert look-to-the-camera. A cringe-y boss, a drab corporate setting, and a workplace full of quirky co-workers made for a compelling and way-too-relatable half-hour.
On April 13 at 6:30 p.m., grab your World's Best Boss mug and join LAist's Mike Roe and special guests for the next edition of TV Pilot Club, in which we look back at all the camera confessionals, love triangles, and eye-roll-inducing moments that made The Office a hit. RSVP here.
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