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UCLA to increase on-campus capacity of restaurants, gyms and social gatherings

UCLA will implement new COVID-19 measures, effective immediately, following LA County moving into the yellow tier in early May. (Ashley Kenney/Assistant Photo editor)

By Guillaume Chantereau

May 21, 2021 4:16 p.m.

This post was updated May 23 at 5:26 p.m.

UCLA will increase the capacity of on-campus restaurants, gyms and gatherings effective immediately after LA County moved into the yellow tier in early May, administrators announced Friday. 

The university will increase indoor capacity for on-campus restaurants and gyms and implement new cleaning protocols after the county issued new public health guidelines that loosened COVID-19 restrictions, said Michael Beck and Michael Meranze, co-chairs of the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force. 

On-campus restaurants are now able to operate indoors at 50% capacity, where up to six vaccinated people are allowed to sit at the same table. 

Gyms, including the Kinross Recreation Center, will operate at 50% capacity. The John Wooden Center is set to reopen in late June. 

Under the new guidelines, the university now allows for in-person social gatherings of up to 100 people outdoors and 50% capacity or 50 people indoors, whichever is lower. 

Mask wearing is still mandatory for all university employees or in cases where social distancing cannot be maintained, Beck and Meranze said. 

LA County moved into the yellow tier May 4 after reporting a 1.1% positivity rate in early May, under the 2% threshold required to move into the new tier. 

[Related link: LA County to ease restrictions, continue reopenings as it moves into yellow tier]

The announcement comes after the university announced it will be accommodating more students in university housing in the fall by offering triple-occupancy rooms.

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Guillaume Chantereau | News senior staff
Chantereau was the 2021-2022 campus politics editor. He was previously a contributor for the beat. Chantereau is a fourth-year history student at UCLA.
Chantereau was the 2021-2022 campus politics editor. He was previously a contributor for the beat. Chantereau is a fourth-year history student at UCLA.
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