No, it’s not an April Fools’ joke. Disneyland could actually reopen by April 1, and new CDC guidance says vaccinated individuals can start gathering indoors, mask-free. Also this morning: A local hero cleared the trash from Eaton Canyon, P-22 gets top marks in his latest checkup, and a huge shipment of vaccine is on the way to L.A. It’s Monday. This is your news rundown. Take it!
Morning News Rundown
On Friday, the California Department of Public Health updated guidelines to ease restrictions for theme parks and outdoor events starting April 1. This means major destinations, like Disneyland, could reopen at limited capacity next month. The update also would allow increased attendance at Major League Baseball games, meaning some fans could see a game in-person even if their county is in the purple tier. [LAist]
The CDC announced new guidance today that allows vaccinated people to gather indoors with members of another vaccinated household, unmasked and without social distancing. Everyone, vaccinated or not, should continue to follow safety protocols, including masking, while in public. [NPR]
Local student Edgar McGregor spent over a year and a half cleaning up trash and debris at Eaton Canyon. On Friday, he announced on Twitter that after 589 days of cleanup, his mission was complete. McGregor’s Twitter post went viral not long after posting, and even garnered praise from climate activist Greta Thunberg. [ABC 7]
L.A.’s most famous big cat is looking healthy as can be, according to biologists with the National Park Service. P-22, the mountain lion made famous when he crossed the 101 and 405 freeways to enter Griffith Park, is trapped about every two years so scientists can replace the battery on his GPS tracker and give him a quick physical exam. [LAist]
Los Angeles County is expecting a shipment of 312,000 vaccine doses this week, the largest batch delivered to the county to-date. The shipment will include 54,000 Moderna and 25,000 Johnson & Johnson doses. Overall, 62% are earmarked for people getting their first dose. [ABC 7]
The union that reps LAUSD teachers is standing firm against the state’s reopening plan for schools. It says staff should only return to in-person learning once all teachers have had the chance to be fully vaccinated, the county has moved into the red tier, and health and safety protocols have been enacted on all campuses. [CBS LA]