Los Angeles County -Red Level Reopens, Immunization Eligibility Expansion, and Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
March 15, 2021
Update 03/15/21 Reopening of the red level, extension of eligibility for vaccination and Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
Red level reopening
In a milestone, Los Angeles County has reached the state threshold to reopen key areas and start TODAY will allow a wide range of domestic operations to resume in areas including: colleges and high schools; Restaurants; movie theater; gymnasiums; and museums, zoos and aquariums, all with safeguards in place.
In alignment with the State reopening framework, mandatory masking, distancing, and infection control practices remain in place for every business and licensed activity, and some industries have additional security changes required or recommended.
County health worker orders and sector protocols have been update to reflect the changes.
This move to fewer restrictions shows that residents’ efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are working. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urges people to continue taking infection control precautions to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in our communities.
People should continue to wear face coverings in public, continue to practice physical distancing, and avoid crowds and large gatherings. Fully vaccinated people should also continue these practices, with a few exceptions, including the ability to visit other fully vaccinated people, indoors, without a mask, for example. new orientation.
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Expansion of immunization eligibility
Today, March 15, people aged 16 to 64 who have underlying health conditions or disabilities are now eligible to receive vaccines because their conditions put them at the highest risk of becoming very ill. because of COVID-19.
People newly eligible and eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine due to a health condition should note that when registering for an appointment for a vaccine, they will be asked to state that they have a health problem. high risk health or disability.
To protect confidentiality, they will not be asked to disclose the specific condition.
Individuals who are vaccinated should provide documentation at all appointments with either a letter from a health care provider, personal physician or service provider or, if not not available, the eligible person or their guardian must sign a certificate.
All eligible individuals will also need to provide ID (government ID is not required) and proof that they live in LA County when they meet.
For more information on appointments for vaccines in LA County and when your turn approaches, to sign up for a vaccination bulletin and more, visit: VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish). Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers, regardless of their immigration status.
Small Business Stabilization Loan Program
The Los Angeles County Development Authority has launched an Affordable and Flexible Business Loan Program to support and help stabilize businesses in the area. Small business stabilization loans range from $ 50,000 to $ 3 million and can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, inventory, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.
The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will accept applications until April 16, 2021 or until $ 20 million in funding applications are received, whichever comes first.
The program combines the loan with technical assistance from partners who offer complementary online webinars, one-on-one financial consultations, application assistance, and an assessment of a company’s readiness to submit a LACDA loan application. The final webinar “How to Apply for a LACDA Loan”, a prerequisite for submitting a Small Business Stabilization Loan application, will be held on March 25, 2021, in English and Spanish.
To register for a webinar or get more information on the requirements to apply for the Small Business Stabilization Loan Program, please visit BizStabilization.lacda.org, or call (626) 586-1550.
Road to Reopening – State Level Metric Update, CDC Guidelines for Fully Immunized People
Road to Reopening – State Guideline Updates
Last Friday, the state announced updates to its blueprint for a more secure economy. In addition to assessing county case rates, positivity rates, and positivity rates in neighborhoods with the lowest Healthy Places Index scores, the state now takes into account the number of vaccinations that were administered in the poorest neighborhoods of the state. Unlike the other 3 metrics, immunization numbers will be calculated statewide and used to change case rate thresholds to move counties from one level to another.
The state also announced a plan on Friday to allow the reopening of outdoor sporting events, live outdoor concerts and theme parks, starting April 1.
From April 1, outdoor sporting events and live outdoor concerts will be permitted with significant changes in capacity and infection control. For counties on the purple level, the capacity of these outdoor events will be limited to 100 people or less, reservations will be required, and concessions will not be allowed. Only people residing in the region where the event is taking place will be allowed to attend. Once in the red level, these outdoor events can open at 20% capacity, limited to state visitors only; concessions will only be allowed in a seated position. As counties move to less restrictive levels, the capacity allowed will increase.
Theme parks can open for red level counties at 15% capacity with visitors from the state only, and as counties move to less restrictive levels, licensed capacity increases again.
Public Health is working with the Oversight Board and industry partners to plan safe reopening in LA County at these new reopening sites.
Completely vaccinated? Public health tips you need to know.
The CDC released guidelines this morning that say fully vaccinated people can congregate indoors with other fully vaccinated people in small groups without wearing masks or practicing physical distancing.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks or more after receiving the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Completely vaccinated people can also visit unvaccinated people in the same household who are low risk of severe COVID-19 disease inside without wearing masks or physical distancing.
Fully immunized people should continue to wear a mask and maintain a physical distance in public. They should mask, physically move away, and practice other preventive measures when visiting unvaccinated people at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member at increased risk of COVID-19 disease severe, and when they are near unvaccinated people from more than one household. Fully immunized people should also avoid medium and large in-person gatherings.
LA County and California DPH are reviewing these guidelines and will update our guidelines shortly.
This press release was produced by the Venice Chamber of Commerce. The opinions expressed are those of the author.