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After nearly a year of closures and a slow move to interacting outdoors, Los Angeles transitioned to California’s “red tier” in the governor’s tiered reopening plan on Monday, March 15. Gyms, movie theaters and restaurants are among the many businesses to resume indoor activities. 

This move was promoted by a decreasing number of cases in Los Angeles County. The testing positivity rate, based on a 7 day daily average, settled at 2%. 

REOPENING HESITATION

Although the loosening restrictions are exciting to some, others are hesitant to believe this is the end of the pandemic. 

Brittney Valles owns Guerrilla Tacos and last time she opened, back in July of 2020, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti quickly reversed the decision and Guerrilla Tacos was open five hours before closing down yet again. 

“I’m antsy but optimistic,” Valles said. “I’m curious how this is going to roll out. We’re certainly not out of the woods at all. We’re just entering a new area of the woods.”

MOVIE THEATERS

While many restaurants have opted to serve customers outdoors, movie theaters have kept their doors shut for over a year. This week AMC will open 25 theaters in Los Angeles.

“The reopening of movie theatres in Los Angeles County and throughout California is a momentous occasion for AMC Theatres, for our guests, for our associates, for our studio partners, and for the entire theatrical exhibition industry,” said CEO and President of AMC, Adam Aron.

Aron pledged the highest commitment to the health and safety of both staff and film fanatics alike as locations reopen throughout the week. AMC Burbank 16 and AMC Century City 15 will be the first to open their doors on Monday afternoon. 

Written ByAshley Grams

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