cinemas reopening

Source: Free for use / Alan Mushen

Cinema audience / The Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Cinemas in Los Angeles County could be poised to rise to 75% capacity in the coming weeks after state health officials said the region will be categorised in the least severe yellow tier if infection numbers hold next week.

Latest adjusted data from California reveals an infection rate in the county of 1.9 people per 100,000 over the past seven days. If the level remains below 2 per 100,000 next week the county will qualify to move into the new tier.

Yellow tier means cinemas can increase capacity by 50% for fully vaccinated cinema-goers or those who can show evidence of a negative Covid test. Cinemas are currently operating at 50% capacity.

San Francisco has also dropped below the 2 per 100,000 threshold.

The region has bounced back after becoming a national epicentre in January, and the picture across the United States is looking more positive after reaching a nadir in January when there was a seven-day average of 259,000 new reported cases per day.

On Tuesday, with a seven-day average of close to 54,000, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) relaxed guidelines on wearing masks.

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear them while walking, running, biking, hiking alone outdoors, or meeting in small groups.

Masks are still required at larger outdoor gatherings like sporting events, even for fully vaccinated people.