The City of West Hollywood has modified certain COVID-19-related policies to align city requirements with LA County and State of California Policies. The City is reminding community members and businesses that City Vaccine Verification Requirements are no longer in effect. Requirements, which had taken effect in October and November 2021, were rescinded on March 21, 2022 in order to more fully align City requirements with updated Los Angeles County and State of California policies.
Patrons and employees of Covered Businesses (generally defined as establishments where food and drink are served indoors; personal care facilities; and gyms/fitness establishments) no longer need to ensure proof of vaccination. Members of the public entering West Hollywood City Hall and City facilities (including City Contractors), additionally, no longer need to provide proof of vaccination; the City has opted to maintain its vaccination verification requirement at this time for City employees, temporary employees, interns, contracted personnel, and volunteers.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has issued a range of Emergency Executive Orders and Urgency Ordinances. Following updates from the State of California and Los Angeles County regarding COVID-19 policies, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood, at its regular meeting on Monday, March 21, 2022 – in addition to rescinding Vaccine Verification Requirements – rescinded a series of COVID-19 orders. These modifications are outlined in City Resolution No. 22-5492: www.weho.org/home/showdocument?id=52675.
Businesses and community members in the City of West Hollywood should continue to adhere to COVID-19 guidance established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Details are available on the LA County Public Health COVID-19 website area:www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.
The State of California and the County of Los Angeles have, during the past few weeks, experienced declines in COVID-19 case counts, test positivity rates, and related hospitalizations since the height of the Omicron variant surge. That said, with highly infectious BA.2 subvariant increases in Los Angeles County and other parts of the world, community members — especially people who are at elevated risk of severe illness — should continue to follow safety protections, such as indoor mask-wearing.
Public Health officials remind the public that it is critical to get vaccinated and to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updating its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. To find a vaccination site, please visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com.
Getting tested if experiencing symptoms remains a critical preventive step, as well. COVID-19 testing remains widely available across LA County. Residents should first call their healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test. For people who cannot get a test through a healthcare provider, free testing is available. Los Angeles County coordinates a COVID-19 West Hollywood testing site at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Tests are administered by Fulgent Genetics and advance appointments must be made at la.fulgentgenetics.com. Los Angeles County Health Services has a Pick-Up COVID-19 Testing Kit program at 14 LA County library sites including West Hollywood Library that allows residents to pick up a PCR test kit and return it at designated locations. For more information about testing, please visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.