VIDEO/RADIO: Pandemic restrictions easing at large events in the state

The story is featured on this week’s edition of CTTV’s Newscene


Attendees at indoor mega events at venues like the San Diego Convention Center may not need a proof of vaccination after April 1. 2019 File photo

Jakob McWhinney, Operations Manager

COVID-19 restrictions are continuing to be eased in California.

Beginning April 1, the state’s Department of Public Health will lift requirements that individuals attending “indoor mega events” present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test.

The agency defines mega events as any gathering of more than one thousand individuals.

Concerts and other live shows at venues like Pechanga or Viejas Arena are examples of San Diego-area events that would be affected by the change in policy.

It also has the potential to impact one of the region’s primary tourist events – ComicCon – which is expected to draw thousands this summer.

But even given the new change, state officials are still strongly recommending venues continue to ask customers for proof of vaccination and to wear masks.

The loosening of restrictions comes as COVID-19 infections continue to decrease statewide, but counties will have the option to keep their existing local mandates in place.

Thus far, San Diego County officials have not yet indicated whether they will adopt the change in state policy.

This story was featured on this week’s edition of Newscene, the award-winning student-produced TV news show. Newscene is broadcast on ITV Channel 16 on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

The audio version, Newscene Radio, plays at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on KSDS 88.3 HD-2.

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