We're in Gov. Gavin Newsom's Stage 2 for California, but this stage does not look the same in every county. It also doesn't mean what it used to mean because "higher risk" locations originally set for Stage 3 — churches, for example — got statewide permission to reopen early.
In addition, many counties have been granted "variances," which are special permissions to partake in later stage activities ahead of the state's blanket changes. When L.A. County was granted a variance, it cleared the way for Stage 3 endeavors like getting a haircut. Gyms, hotels, live sporting arenas and more are allowed to start reopening on June 12, with restrictions. For example, sports can only resume without live audiences. Film and television production can also restart as soon as June 12. The state announced Monday that theaters can begin showing movies as soon as this Friday too, but with dramatically lower capacities than before the pandemic. The state also recommended that multiplex visitors and staff wear face coverings and practice "physical distancing to the maximum extent possible." They want seats to be taped off and have washable or disposable covers. They also want arrival times to be staggered so moviegoers don't enter the auditorium at the same time. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the latest on reopening practices with a physician. Plus, we check in with KPCC’s John Horn on the latest in Hollywood and production and the challenges posed with reopening the industry.
With guest host Kyle Stokes.
With files from LAist. Read more here.