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After nearly three months in the state’s most restrictive tier, Orange County entered the red tier on March 14, allowing for the return of indoor movie theaters, dining and fitness centers.
The transition into the red tier will also allow for Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and the Angel Stadium to open under limited capacity.
The transition from purple tier to red tier is a result of improvements with the COVID-19 positivity rate, adjusted case rate and county health equity metrics.
The vaccine distribution goal to administer 400,000 vaccines within the 400 zip codes was reached on March 12.
At a news conference on March 5, Ghaly said that theme parks will be allowed to reopen at 15% capacity once Orange County enters the red tier. Orange County Department of Public Health announced on its website that modifications for amusement parks will be allowed to go into effect on April 1.
Disneyland has not announced an official reopening date, but a recent statement confirmed that the parks will be working toward reopening.
“While last week’s announcement stated that theme parks may open starting on April 1, the fact is it will take some time to get them ready for our guests — this includes recalling more than 10,000 furloughed cast and retraining them to be able to operate according to the state of California’s new requirements,” said Bob Chapek, chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company in a statement on March 9.
Knott’s Berry Farm has also not announced an exact opening date, but an Instagram post from the company’s official account stated that its plan is to welcome back guests in May.
“As we look forward to reopening our gates, we still have some work to do. From hiring and training new associates to working with government officials on finalizing guidelines, we will work hard to ensure that we can reopen our park safely for all to enjoy,” said Jon Storbeck, vice president and general manager, in a statement.
For now, the park is hosting its Taste of Boysenberry Festival through May 2.
Movie theaters will open indoor operations with a max capacity of 25%, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. AMC Dine-In Fullerton announced on its website that it will reopen March 19 with AMC Safe and Clean policies that are available online.
Restaurants will also be allowed to reopen under the same guidelines as theaters — a max capacity of 25% or 100 people, whichever is less.
Outdoor events including sports and live performance will be allowed to return with 20% capacity, greenlighting the opening of Angel Stadium. Guidelines also specify that suites can hold 25% capacity per suite, and each suite can hold a maximum of three households.
Indoor gyms and fitness centers can return with a maximum 10% capacity and include access to climbing walls.
Despite the new modifications, concert venues, convention centers, indoor playgrounds and bars that do not serve meals will remain closed.
Albert Shim, the owner of local restaurant Eggbred in La Habra, said that he is excited to open the dining hall to customers, and he thinks it will be a good way to bring in more business, especially on the weekends.
“We’re just super excited to open our dining hall back up because we spent so much time and energy and money into making such a beautiful dining hall for our customers to enjoy, and we haven’t really been able to use it yet,” Shim said.
In addition to the opening of the dining hall at 25% capacity, Shim added that the restaurant will continue to offer outdoor seating.
“We’re going to take as many precautionary measures as we can to stay as sanitary as possible, but we’re excited,” Shim said.
On Sunday, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported 151 positive COVID-19 cases, 31 deaths and 76 cases currently in intensive care units.

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