The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Wednesday updated capacity restrictions in some areas with regards to fully vaccinated people.
When it comes to workplaces, full vaccinated Californians won't count toward capacity limits imposed by the state to help with social distancing.
The other industry impacted by the change is the events industry.
Fully vaccinated people from out of state can now attend events and activities that were previously reserved for in-state visitors. The CDPH recommends out-of-state visitors review its travel advisory guidelines before making travel plans.
For venues with negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination requirements in place that are in orange or yellow tier counties, indoor capacity limits can increase as follows:
- Orange Tier: Venues may increase capacity by an additional 50%, up to a maximum of 50% of total venue capacity.
- Yellow Tier: Venues may increase capacity by an additional 50%, up to a maximum of 75% of total venue.
Venues with sections reserved for fully-vaccinated attendees, like downtown San Diego's Petco Park, can now do away with social distancing protocols within those sections, according to the new guidelines. Facial coverings are still required in those sections.
The CDPH said sections for only the fully vaccinated must be in separate, clearly marked areas of a venue and be at least 6 feet away from any other section in a venue. The fully vaccinated sections can now be seated at full capacity.
The CDPH said kids over the age of two can sit with their parent or guardian in a fully vaccinated section if they are tested for COVID-19 ahead of the event and test negative. Kids under the age of 2 do not need to be tested and can sit with their parent in a fully vaccinated section.
And finally, theme parks like SeaWorld can now admit out-of-state guests as long as those visitors are fully vaccinated.
How Do You Show Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test or Vaccination at a Venue?
For venues accepting visitors with negative coronavirus tests, that COVID-19 test must be done within 72 hours of an event’s start time for PCR tests or within 24 hours for antigen tests. The CDPH said acceptable forms of verification of a negative test or full vaccination include:
- For a negative COVID-19 test, a printed document from the test provider or lab OR an email or text from the test provider or lab that the visitor can show to the venue on a smartphone or electronic device. The info should include the visitor’s name who was tested, the type of COVID test that was performed, and the date of the negative test result.
- For proof of full vaccination, the CDPH said visitors can show their CDC vaccination card at a venue (which includes the visitor’s name, type of vaccines and dates of the doses). Visitors can also show a photo of their vaccination card – which can be a photo on a smartphone or device or a printed photograph of their vaccine card. Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider is also acceptable proof.