Beginning Friday, February 25, 2022, a modified LA County Health Officer Order will allow establishments, businesses, and venues that verify vaccination status to make indoor masking optional for fully vaccinated individuals.
As the county continues to experience reduced COVID-19 spread, it is appropriate to consider fewer required safety measures, noting that vulnerable individuals should continue to layer in all protections possible. Given decreased risk, Public Health is modifying the Health Officer Order to allow establishments, businesses, and venues verifying vaccination status to offer optional masking for fully vaccinated individuals. The modified Health Officer Order will be posted today and will go into effect at 12:01am on Friday, February 25.
The vaccines remain highly effective at slowing COVID-19 spread and preventing severe illness. Given lower hospital admissions and the effectiveness of the vaccines in reducing severe illness, changes have been made in the Health Officer Order that allow establishments, businesses, or venues two options for removing masking requirements for fully vaccinated individuals.
Starting this Friday, establishments, businesses, or venues that want to allow fully vaccinated customers and workers to unmask while indoors must verify that 100% of customers (5 and older) and workers prior to, or upon, entry to indoor spaces provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 viral test result. Tests for customers must be taken within two days of entry if a PCR test, or one day if an antigen test. Employees will be allowed to submit a negative test result every three days. Those who are not fully vaccinated or do not show proof of vaccination, are required to provide a negative test, and continue wearing a well-fitting mask while indoors (as required by the state), except when actively eating or drinking.
Another option starting this Friday is allowing establishments, businesses, or venues that want to allow their fully vaccinated customers to unmask indoors while all onsite workers remain masked, must verify that 100% of customers (5 and older) prior to, or upon, entry to indoor spaces, provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, or provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 viral test result. Tests for customers must have been taken within two days of entry if a PCR test or one day if an antigen test.
Any individual showing proof of full vaccination prior to entering can still choose to wear a mask indoors.
- 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.