Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy weekend! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and special sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wishing everyone a safe and relaxing holiday. But first, here are some of today’s headlines from this great state of ours.

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California to allow indoor gatherings as virus cases plummet

For those of you who don't remember — it has been a while, after all — this is a theater. And soon we will able to return to places like these.

Beginning April 15, the Golden State will allow indoor concerts, theater performances and other private gatherings as the rate of people testing positive for the coronavirus in the state has dropped significantly.

“Everything is moving in the correct direction,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state’s public health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health.

The new rules apply to indoor seated venues, including theaters, sports stadiums and other event venues as well as meetings, receptions and conferences, said Dee Dee Myers, senior advisor to the governor and director of the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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