So… when will Los Angeles reopen?
That depends on what you consider “open”: Restaurants, bars, museums and gyms are open for outdoor service only, while malls, retail stores and hair salons are open for indoor service with a limited capacity.
But California effectively put the brakes on its reopening plans in mid November. And locally, L.A. County could see the closure of outdoor dining or even a curfew and the return of the Safer at Home Order if conditions worsen.
As for the rest of L.A.’s sectors, should conditions improve? Before we can tackle when we need to cover the how. In late August, California unveiled a new framework for its reopening plans that uses four color-coded tiers. L.A. is currently stuck in purple, the highest-risk tier (you can check its current status here). In order to move forward to red, which would ease a number of indoor restrictions, L.A. must hit that tier’s minimum requirements for two straight weeks. That’s also true for making the jump to orange and then yellow, which each ease even more restrictions.
But there are a couple of catches: You can only move one tier at a time and if you’ve just moved from, say, purple to red, you must wait at least three weeks before you can move to orange. On top of that, the state may say that you can reopen a sector, but the county ultimately has the power to keep it closed. It’s also important to note that even if L.A. were to achieve the yellow tier, most venues would be capped at half capacity and all major events would still be canceled.
Moving back to now, it seems unlikely that L.A. will progress into the red tier by the end of 2020. But whenever it does, that means the county could reopen indoor service at restaurants, museums, movie theaters and gyms.
Beyond the four tiers, we still await a day when we can once again enjoy live performances, conventions and festivals—all of which still remain closed or canceled.