Scenes of a reemerging California: L.A. County and Orange County enter orange tier

A man in a mask bowls.
Sawyer Livsey, visiting from San Francisco with his family, bowls at Bowlero Los Angeles in Westchester on April 6. Plexiglass divides stations and the bowling alley is operating at 25% capacity.
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People are seen in silhouette on stairclimbers.
Members work out at Bay Club in Redondo Beach on April 6. California plans a full reopening on June 15.
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Los Angeles and Orange counties have passed a new milestone in what officials and residents hope is a return to normalcy. The counties on Wednesday officially moved into the third, or orange, category of California’s color-coded, four-tier reopening blueprint.

The orange tier clears the way for officials to further relax coronavirus restrictions on businesses and activities.

A few people exercise in a room with gym equipment and lifesize statues of athletes.
Patrons work out at John Reed Fitness in downtown Los Angeles on April 5.
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A woman bowls in a seemingly empty bowling alley
Jessica Livsey bowls in Westchester at Bowlero on April 6. She said she used to bowl there in the early 1990s when she was going to Loyola Marymount University.
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People work out on exercise equipment.
Members work out at Bay Club in Redondo Beach on Tuesday. California plans full reopening June 15.
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A balloon vendor, in the foreground on a pier crowded with people, is obscured by his balloons.
The Santa Monica Pier attracted a large crowd on April 5 after Los Angeles County entered the less restrictive orange tier.
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A sunbather lies on the grass at Griffith Park
A visitor enjoys the sun at Griffith Park on April 5, a day after officials had to close the area due to holiday overcrowding.
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A dinosaur's head appears about to bite off the head of a visitor at the Natural History Museum.
A visitor seems to get more than he bargained for April 1 while walking through Dinosaur Hall at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, which reopened at 25% capacity.
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People ride the Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.
On April 2, the second day of reopening, people ride the Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.
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Eufemia Sanchez, 61, is wheeled outside Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital for fresh air.
Eufemia Sanchez, 61, is wheeled outside Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital for fresh air by registered nurse Fernando Fernandez, center, and respiratory therapist Mustapha Wali. The COVID-19 patient said the small trip was a struggle but worth it.
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Roses cover netting, which covers a mural.
“Rose River Memorial” adorns a wall at Self-Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights. Each cloth rose represents a COVID-19 victim. The installation is by Tilly Hinton and Marcos Lutyens and the mural by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos.
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A man dressed as Spider-Man walks among pedestrians on the Walk of Fame.
A street performer dressed as Spider-Man walks with pedestrians, some of them unmasked, on March 13 in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
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A young girl with a backpack kisses her mom on the mask.
A student kisses her mom goodbye on the first day back to school at Pachappa Elementary in early March in Riverside.
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A woman and child are seen through the glass of a case that holds a massive dinosaur head with sharp teeth.
Eleanor Lin and her daughter Elise, 7, look over an exhibit in the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on April 1.
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A man in a mask is pictured among bare tree limbs from which paper stars hang.
Worker Ian Guerrero hangs one of about 1,600 memory cards on a tree at Rose Hills Memorial Park on March 22 in Whittier. The cards represent the COVID-19 deceased the funeral home has served.
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These 25 powerful images show California’s new reality

Hospital workers hold candles.
Daniel Barnes, left, participates in a candlelight vigil on March 18 in Simi Valley to honor victims of COVID-19, marking one year since the state ordered shutdowns to reign in the spread of the virus.
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An empty hospital bed.
Inside the ICU at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, a bed sits empty on March 5, evidence that the patient load at the L.A. hospital has decreased since the height of the winter surge.
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A National Guardsman stands in front of a box full of packaged nuts.
Joseph Hernandez, foreground, and other National Guard members help the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, filling boxes with food at a warehouse in the City of Industry.
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Top and bottom images: a girl in her bedroom dancing and girls in a dance class.
Before and after: At top, Grace Carter of Riverside practices her dance routine at home. At bottom, the 16-year-old, center, takes part in a class at her reopened studio.
A sculpture of a naked boy stands on a concrete patio.
“Boy With Frog,” by sculptor Charles Ray, is a stoic figure at the shuttered Getty Center on March 11. At left in the background, gardeners plant new trees.
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Kindergarteners stand in line to have their temperature taken.
Kindergarteners get their temperatures checked on the first day back to school at Pachappa Elementary on March 9 in Riverside.
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A boy rests his hand on the head of a penguin in an art display.
Alexander Rodriguez, 7, stands in the middle of an emperor penguin display in the outdoors area of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on March 13.
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A woman is reflected in a window that has the words "COVID-19 victims" and paper cranes.
Karla Funderburk, left, owner of Matter Studio and Gallery, is reflected in her exhibit “A Memorial for COVID-19 Victims,” at her L.A. studio. Funderburk put out a call for people to send her paper cranes to represent victims, and has collected upward of 60,000.
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Travelers are seen in silhouette.
Travelers, reflected in windows, wait curbside March 12 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, close to the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic. A year earlier, LAX was virtually a ghost town.
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A woman leans over a cart of books.
Children’s librarian Sara Rebman sorts books to refile in the Los Angeles Central Library on March 15.
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A girl in a Brownie vest holds up a sign that says "Cookie Drive Thru."
Rylie Deveso, 8, sells Girl Scout cookies on March 17 in Woodland Hills. With door-to-door and booth sales at local businesses banned, Scouts were getting creative.
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Twin girls in matching outfits look at maps.
Abigail and Aubrey Flores, 3, arrive for the debut of the food event “A Touch of Disney” at Disney California Adventure Park on March 18.
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Two women in costume take a selfie.
Sepideh Hami, left, and Ashley Sanchez take a selfie in their Sulley character costumes on Pixar Pier during Disney California Adventure’s “A Touch of Disney” food event on March 18.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Two men in masks lean over a section of a theme park ride's track.
Animation techs Ryan Lindberg, top, and Pete Roloff inspect a portion of the Jurassic World ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, set to reopen April 16. The attraction was drained of water during the park’s closure.
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A crowd watches boardwalk performers on Venice Beach.
As health officials were warning people to maintain virus precautions, a crowd bypassed social distancing on March 21 to watch street performers on Venice Beach.
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People are seen in silhouette playing volleyball at the beach as the sun sets.
As L.A. County moves into the orange tier, crowds fill a sand volleyball court on a late Sunday afternoon in Hermosa Beach.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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