With hospitalizations under 2,500 for seven consecutive days, Public Health issued a modified LA County Health Officer Order on February 16, 2022, recommending, but no longer requiring, masking at outdoor mega events and outdoor spaces at K-12 schools and childcare centers. While masking will no longer be required at outdoor Mega Events or in outdoor spaces at childcare facilities and K-12 schools, the masking requirement at indoor establishments will continue until:
- LA County has seven consecutive days at or below Moderate Transmission (10-49.99 new cases/100,000 persons in the past seven days), AND
- There are no emerging reports of significantly circulating new variants of concern that threaten vaccine effectiveness.
Per state regulations, indoor masking at K-12 schools, childcare facilities, youth settings, healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless and emergency shelters, and cooling centers is still currently required. The state will also provide an updated assessment on February 28 on appropriate safety considerations for schools.
Additionally, per federal regulations, masking when riding public transit and in transportation hubs is still required.
Employers must also continue to provide high quality and well-fitting masks to workers who are in close contact with others until transmission is lower. Vaccination verification will also continue at mega events and indoor sections of bars, lounges, nightclubs, wineries, breweries, and distilleries. To reduce spread and keep workplaces and schools open, residents and workers are asked to:
- Adhere to masking requirements when indoors or at crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
- Remain home when sick, isolate if they test positive and quarantine if they were in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
For more information regarding COVID-19 in LA County you can visit the Public Health website at publichealth.lacounty.gov.