In-person live events returning to California

Live theaters and wedding venues are among some of the events that have new reopening guidelines under the orange tier.

Posted: Apr 5, 2021 7:12 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2021 9:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. - California created new rules for live events and large gatherings in the orange tier as virus positivity rates have dropped to record lows.

Weddings and other big events can be up to 100 people, or 300 if everyone is fully vaccinated.

California Regional Theater is doing what it can to make sure performers and patrons are protected in order to have live performances again.

White Ranch is quickly filling up its wedding reservations as wedding gatherings are allowed with COVID-19 safety guidelines in the orange tier.

In the orange tier, weddings and other big events can have 100 people. If everyone is vaccinated, they can have 300 people.

Outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in the orange tier.

Indoor live events will have capacity limits, distancing and advance ticket purchases.

After a year of only hosting micro weddings, these new guidelines mean that White Ranch Events in Chico can finally welcome more people back to their venue.

“All my tulips were in bloom, the flowers were bloom, the grass was green and nobody could come,” Donna White, owner and manager of White Ranch told Action News Now.

Last year White canceled 25 weddings but gave everybody a full refund.

So these new guidelines will mean bigger celebrations and business.

“We’re doing catchup now,” White said. “It’s paying for what we didn’t have last year.”

Being an outdoor venue means they have lots of space to safely social distance.

Some of these protocols will include sanitation stations, separation of chairs at the ceremony and limitation on the number of people per reception tables.

“People are really thoughtful and respectful of that,” said White. “I think a lot of older grandparents and stuff say if it’s going to be big then I am not going to be there.”

White said she is most looking forward to sharing her beautiful space with people again.

“It’s their wedding day,” said White. “We can’t deny them a wedding day.”

Many of the weddings that were canceled in 2020 are now getting pushed into 2021 and even 2022, so White Ranch’s schedule is getting booked very quickly.

Another business that these new guidelines will affect is live-in-door theatres.

The California Regional Theater is planning on being back live on stage this fall.

January 2020 was the last time this theater group took a bow in front of a live audience.

For more than a year they've been recording shows for the public.

Bob Maness with the California Regional Theater said they taking every safety precaution they can to protect the performers and patrons.

"We are going to be very careful and very cautious about protecting the public,” said Maness. “At the same time, getting the voice of the arts back out into the public as soon as we can."

Maness tells Action News Now that they understand protocols are continually changing, but for now, they are hopeful to have their doors open to smaller shows in the fall.

"We understand that patrons might have a little bit of hesitancy in buying tickets, so we are going to make sure we offer that credit or refund if those guidelines at any point change,” said Maness.

West Side Story is one of the shows they are looking forward to bringing to life this fall or early next year.

Click here to find out more about upcoming auditions and shows.

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