Virus cases plunge and LA, San Francisco come back to life

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, motorists line up for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state's 40 million people and has endured a disproportionate number of deaths, didn't record a single COVID-19 death on Sunday, May 2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, motorists line up for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state's 40 million people and has endured a disproportionate number of deaths, didn't record a single COVID-19 death on Sunday, May 2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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California’s signature cities are leading the way as the state prepares to expand business openings after coronavirus shutdowns

LOS ANGELES (AP) —

When Angeleno Wine Co. reopened its tasting room, co-owner Amy Luftig Viste teared up seeing old friends reunited for the first time since the pandemic had shuttered so many businesses it left major cities looking like ghost towns.

Even with limited capacity, animated conversations flowed from the tables set among barrels of aging wine and echoed off the brick walls of the winery hidden in an industrial section on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles.

“It felt like the winery had come alive again,” Luftig Viste said Sunday, the day after it reopened after being closed all but two weeks over the past 13 months.

The din in the small space is destined to get louder when capacity is allowed to double to 50% as Los Angeles and San Francisco lead the way toward a broader reopening of California businesses.

The state’s signature cities are likely Tuesday to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet virus case thresholds for the least-restrictive tier, allowing indoor bars to reopen, larger crowds to cheer on Major League Baseball's Dodgers and Giants, and expanded capacity at restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, gyms and other establishments.

It’s a remarkable turnaround considering California was the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. just a few months ago.

The two cities have weathered the pandemic differently but are emerging in the same place after a statewide shutdown in March 2020 emptied streets, shuttered shops and restaurants, and darkened office buildings.

While San Francisco largely beat the coronavirus by avoiding it, Los Angeles was nearly beaten by it during the winter surge. At its worst point, more than 500 people a day were dying in California and hospitals in the LA area could barely treat the overwhelming influx of patients.

San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. LA never emerged from the most restrictive tier until March.

Now, California has the lowest case rate in the country. Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state's nearly 40 million people and has endured a disproportionate number of the state's 60,000 deaths, didn't record a single COVID-19 death Sunday or Monday.

As spring warms up, freeways are becoming congested, workers are returning to offices, and people are heading to restaurants and breweries.

On Sunday in the Arts District in downtown LA, drivers circled the block looking for parking spaces. Diners filled the sidewalk tables of Wurstküche, eating sausages and drinking Belgian and German beer. A line of people waiting for a table at Angel City Brewery extended down the street.

Chris Sammons said he felt a civic obligation to get out and support businesses.

“It feels like almost a duty to be engaged with the city,” Sammons said. “We have to bring LA back to life.”

It was the first time out for his friend, Stephen Tyler, who said he was excited after hunkering down for so long and getting vaccinated.

“It's just good to be out in the city again, be around people," Tyler said. “Even this, I don't care about standing in line. It's all kind of new again.”

In San Francisco, business has picked up at Mixt, a popular lunch spot for salad lovers in the Financial District. But it's not at pre-pandemic levels when lines spilled outdoors, said Leslie Silverglide, co-founder and CEO of the the chain. She plans to open two more stores downtown in coming weeks.

“It seems as if people are coming back," she said. “They’re excited to be having lunch with colleagues again."

Fear of catching the virus prompted a huge drop in mass transit ridership. Jason Alderman said he felt like a kid on his first day of school when he took a commuter train into San Francisco. He works for online payment start-up Fast, which reopened its headquarters as soon as San Francisco allowed in late March.

“Instead of feeling like a hollowed-out ghost town that people had quickly abandoned, it felt like there were green shoots of life,” he said. “I felt a twinge of the energy that used to be there.”

When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for San Francisco companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight.

Moving vans carted off households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. Residential rents plummeted, but now are climbing.

The office vacancy rate in San Francisco is 18% compared to 10% a year earlier, said John Chang, senior vice president at Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate financing and advisory company. In Los Angeles, vacancies are at 17.5% from 13.5% a year earlier.

More telling, perhaps, is that only 14% of key cards are being used to enter offices in San Francisco, compared to 24% in LA. At the other end of the spectrum is Dallas, where data showed 41% of cards being used, reflecting the different approaches to the virus in the two states.

Chang said workers suddenly abandoned San Francisco when the original shutdown order took effect. He expects the return will be more gradual.

Lisa Elder, a paralegal who has worked in her office since July, said that even with some restaurants and cafes recently re-opening the area is a shadow of its former self.

“Before COVID this place was packed, there would be tons of people here in the alleyway eating and now it’s like, quiet. It’s crazy,” she said.

At Angeleno Wine, Luftig Viste said most of her customers were vaccinated and all were excited to be out again.

"It’s just such an honor to be the place that people come to break the seal as we start to come out again,” she said.

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Har reported from San Francisco. Olga R. Rodriguez contributed to this report from San Francisco.

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, with the seats in Dodger Stadium empty, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws the ball to a San Francisco Giants batter during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. It's a remarkable turnaround considering California was the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. just a few months earlier. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, with the seats in Dodger Stadium empty, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws the ball to a San Francisco Giants batter during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. It's a remarkable turnaround considering California was the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. just a few months earlier. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, Rev. Nicolas Sanchez takes a phone call from a parishioner after live-streaming the Good Friday Mass without parishioners due to COVID-19 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, Rev. Nicolas Sanchez takes a phone call from a parishioner after live-streaming the Good Friday Mass without parishioners due to COVID-19 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Emergency Medical Services transfers a patient at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center hospital in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state's 40 million people and has endured a disproportionate number of deaths, didn't record a single COVID-19 death on Sunday, May 2. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Emergency Medical Services transfers a patient at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center hospital in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state's 40 million people and has endured a disproportionate number of deaths, didn't record a single COVID-19 death on Sunday, May 2. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, a sign is posted at the closed entrance to Innsdale Trail near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, a sign is posted at the closed entrance to Innsdale Trail near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, the TCL Chinese Theatre is shown with no people present in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County is expected to move Tuesday, May 4, 2021, into the least-restrictive yellow tier, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, the TCL Chinese Theatre is shown with no people present in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County is expected to move Tuesday, May 4, 2021, into the least-restrictive yellow tier, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, tourists sit in a mostly empty sightseeing bus on Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4,  2021, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, tourists sit in a mostly empty sightseeing bus on Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, 2021, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, Spencer Kelly, dressed as the grim reaper, demonstrates in favor of the stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic at the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
FILE - In this May 8, 2020, file photo, Spencer Kelly, dressed as the grim reaper, demonstrates in favor of the stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic at the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

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FILE - In this April 7, 2021, file photo, people gather on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. Los Angeles County is expected to move Tuesday, May 4 into the least-restrictive yellow tier this week, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
FILE - In this April 7, 2021, file photo, people gather on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. Los Angeles County is expected to move Tuesday, May 4 into the least-restrictive yellow tier this week, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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In this Sunday, May 2, 2021, photo, Angeleno Wine Company owners Amy Luftig Viste, left, and Jasper Dickson pose for a picture in downtown Los Angeles. When Angeleno Wine Co. reopened its tasting room to the public, Luftig Viste teared up seeing old friends reunited for the first time since the pandemic had shuttered so many businesses that it left major cities looking like ghost towns. "It felt like the winery had come alive again," Luftig Viste said Sunday, the day after it officially reopened after being closed all but two weeks over the past 13 months. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)
In this Sunday, May 2, 2021, photo, Angeleno Wine Company owners Amy Luftig Viste, left, and Jasper Dickson pose for a picture in downtown Los Angeles. When Angeleno Wine Co. reopened its tasting room to the public, Luftig Viste teared up seeing old friends reunited for the first time since the pandemic had shuttered so many businesses that it left major cities looking like ghost towns. "It felt like the winery had come alive again," Luftig Viste said Sunday, the day after it officially reopened after being closed all but two weeks over the past 13 months. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

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In this Sunday, May 2, 2021, photo, diners wait in line near the filled sidewalk tables of Wurstküche, eating sausages and drinking Belgian and German beer downtown Los Angeles. As spring warms up, freeways are becoming congested, workers are returning to offices and people are hitting restaurants and breweries. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this Sunday, May 2, 2021, photo, diners wait in line near the filled sidewalk tables of Wurstküche, eating sausages and drinking Belgian and German beer downtown Los Angeles. As spring warms up, freeways are becoming congested, workers are returning to offices and people are hitting restaurants and breweries. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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In this Sunday, May 2, 2021, photo, diners, some not wearing face masks, fill the sidewalk tables of Wurstküche, eating sausages and drinking Belgian and German beer in downtown Los Angeles. As spring warms up, freeways are becoming congested, workers are returning to offices and people are hitting restaurants and breweries. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
In this Sunday, May 2, 2021, photo, diners, some not wearing face masks, fill the sidewalk tables of Wurstküche, eating sausages and drinking Belgian and German beer in downtown Los Angeles. As spring warms up, freeways are becoming congested, workers are returning to offices and people are hitting restaurants and breweries. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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FILE - In this April 4, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian crosses Grant Street behind the Dragon Gate, an entrance to Chinatown in San Francisco. San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. Los Angeles never emerged from the most restrictive tier until March 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian crosses Grant Street behind the Dragon Gate, an entrance to Chinatown in San Francisco. San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. Los Angeles never emerged from the most restrictive tier until March 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020, file photo, a person wearing a face mask walks atop Tank Hill in front of the skyline during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier, amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2020, file photo, a person wearing a face mask walks atop Tank Hill in front of the skyline during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier, amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, a newspaper headline announcing the closure of large events is displayed as a cable car goes down California Street in San Francisco. San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, a newspaper headline announcing the closure of large events is displayed as a cable car goes down California Street in San Francisco. San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

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FILE - In this May 24, 2020, file photo, visitors set up inside circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing at Dolores Park in San Francisco. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, 2021, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier, amid the pandemic. It's a remarkable turnaround considering California was the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. just a few months earlier. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this May 24, 2020, file photo, visitors set up inside circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing at Dolores Park in San Francisco. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, 2021, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier, amid the pandemic. It's a remarkable turnaround considering California was the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. just a few months earlier. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, passengers aboard the Grand Princess celebrate as they arrive in Oakland, Calif. A year ago, the Grand Princess captured the world's attention when it became clear the coronavirus pandemic had arrived on the shore of California, making the virus real to millions in the United States. San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, passengers aboard the Grand Princess celebrate as they arrive in Oakland, Calif. A year ago, the Grand Princess captured the world's attention when it became clear the coronavirus pandemic had arrived on the shore of California, making the virus real to millions in the United States. San Francisco reached the least-restrictive yellow tier for a brief period in October, the only urban area to do so, before an alarming surge in cases forced a retreat. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest case rate in the country. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, rectangle areas designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center. San Francisco has a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. Residential rents plummeted, but are now climbing back up. Rent prices have gone down 10% in San Francisco but remained stable in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, rectangle areas designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center. San Francisco has a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. Residential rents plummeted, but are now climbing back up. Rent prices have gone down 10% in San Francisco but remained stable in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, people walk past a boarded-up storefront at Union Square in San Francisco.The city has suffered a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. Moving vans carted off entire households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, people walk past a boarded-up storefront at Union Square in San Francisco.The city has suffered a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. Moving vans carted off entire households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

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FILE - In this April 2, 2020, file photo, a sign advising people to stay home due to COVID-19 concerns is displayed at a MUNI bus stop in San Francisco. The city has suffered a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. Moving vans carted off entire households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. Residential rents plummeted, but are now climbing back up. Rent prices have gone down 10% in San Francisco but remained stable in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this April 2, 2020, file photo, a sign advising people to stay home due to COVID-19 concerns is displayed at a MUNI bus stop in San Francisco. The city has suffered a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. Moving vans carted off entire households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. Residential rents plummeted, but are now climbing back up. Rent prices have gone down 10% in San Francisco but remained stable in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, a person crosses an intersection in San Francisco's financial district mid-afternoon, during what would've been a bustling time before the COVID-19 pandemic. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. The city has suffered a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2020, file photo, a person crosses an intersection in San Francisco's financial district mid-afternoon, during what would've been a bustling time before the COVID-19 pandemic. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. The city has suffered a large exodus, both in housing and people working in offices. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, a man walks past a large face mask hanging over pumpkins in front of a house during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. Moving vans carted off entire households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. Residential rents plummeted, but are now climbing back up. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, a man walks past a large face mask hanging over pumpkins in front of a house during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. When the lockdown order came in March 2020, an estimated 137,500 workers for companies that include Google, Facebook and Uber, seemingly vanished overnight. Moving vans carted off entire households for roomier suburban homes and younger people simply packed up their cars and left since they could work from anywhere. Residential rents plummeted, but are now climbing back up. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, cardboard cutouts of fans sit in seats at Oracle Park before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres in San Francisco. Fake sounds simulated clapping or yelling. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, cardboard cutouts of fans sit in seats at Oracle Park before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres in San Francisco. Fake sounds simulated clapping or yelling. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn't. Los Angeles and San Francisco are poised Tuesday, May 4, to be the only major urban areas in the state to meet guidelines to move into the least-restrictive tier. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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Credit: Jeff Chiu

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, a woman, accompanied by a child, looks over as an airline crew wearing full personal protective equipment against COVID-19, walks through the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the country. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2020, file photo, a woman, accompanied by a child, looks over as an airline crew wearing full personal protective equipment against COVID-19, walks through the international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. Now, in early May 2021, California has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the country. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

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