Throughout the pandemic, California was known for its very restrictive COVID-19 guidelines, being one of the first states to shut down last March. Now, it seems things are looking up for the state, as indoor concerts, theater performances, and other indoor venues are allowed to reopen in just a couple of weeks.


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State officials announced in a press conference on Friday that beginning April 15, indoor concerts, performances, and other large gatherings—both public and private—can resume, but with a number of limitations. California has been on lockdown for over a year and is now reaching record lows of COVID-19 cases.

Among the limitations, attendees will need to provide proof that they are vaccinated, or at least COVID free. Capacity restrictions will vary from county to county, Counties are divided into purple, red, orange, and yellow tiers, based on how widespread the virus is. Purple being the most restrictive, and yellow being the least restrictive.

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About 6.9 million of the 40 million Californian’s have been vaccinated, and as of April 15th, Californians 16 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated.

Per the California Department of Public Health’s website:

Venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people: In the Red Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 100 people, and capacity increases to 25% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Orange Tier, capacity is limited to 15% or 200 people, and capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Yellow Tier capacity in limited to 25% or 300 people, and capacity increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.

Venues with a capacity of 1,501 and above: In the Red Tier testing or proof of vaccination is required, and capacity is limited to 20%. In the Orange Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Yellow Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and capacity increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.