The county’s daily case count is 5.2 per 100,000 people, and the seven-day rate of residents testing positive for coronavirus is 4.2%The OCHCA reported that 737,558 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including 5,136 on Sundays. 45,197 documents have been recovered.
The number came as people were returning to the county’s theaters this weekend. Regal Cinema reopened at Irvine Spectrum and AMC and opened large locations throughout the county – both of which have limited potential for further spread of the virus.
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Orange County was upgraded from purple to red tier in California’s Coronavirus surveillance system last week. The move allowed for churches, theaters and other businesses to resume indoor operations, but with strict limits on capacity and other health measures.
Theaters, restaurants and churches are limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Museums, zoos and aquariums can also reopen indoor activities at 25% capacity. Shopping centers can expand from 25% capacity to half capacity under the red tier, while gyms can reopen, but at 10% capacity.
Theater chains are also establishing several other security protocols.
Regal guests will be required to wear face masks at all times in the auditoriums unless to eat and drink. Two empty seats will be maintained between the groups, and the series is “increasing our fresh air intake 50% -100% above normal levels (which will help circulate more fresh air throughout the auditorium”).
Regal employees must undergo daily health checkups including a temperature check, where it will be mandatory to wash hands every 30 to 60 minutes, and all employees will be required to wear masks.
Guests can purchase concessions from the mobile app while in the theater, but menu offerings have been reduced, and self-service masala stands are closed.
Edwards Aliso Weijo and IMAX Theater of Regal also opened on Saturday.
Meanwhile, AMC reopened its Orange County multiplex as of Saturday, including Anaheim Gardenwalk 6, Dined-in Fullerton 20, Orange 30, and Tustin 14 in the district.
AMC locations have similar capacity restrictions and security protocols for guests and employees.
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