Health Officer Order
Los Angeles County's Responding Together at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order aims to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 in the county for all, especially those who are not fully vaccinated and fully vaccinated but immunocompromised persons, in the absence of other protective measures, like physical distancing requirements and capacity limits.
L.A. County to Modify Health Officer Order Adding Vaccination Verification Requirements at Select High-Risk Settings
On September 17, 2021, the L.A. County Health Officer Order was modified to require vaccination verification or a negative test prior to entry to all mega events and event venues by October 7; children under 12 years of age are exempt. The Health Officer Order also requires vaccination verification for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
The requirement for vaccine verification or a negative test within 72 hours prior to attending an outdoor mega event aligns with the recently announced national strategy and includes venues and events with more than 10,000 attendees that are ticketed and/or have controlled points of entry to a well-defined area, such as sport and music arenas and theme parks. This is similar to the requirement for vaccination verification or a negative test prior to entry at all indoor events and arenas with more than 1,000 participants; this requirement has been in place since August 18. Many mega event venues established verification systems during the spring in response to previous capacity restrictions and Public Health will offer large venues and organizers of mega events technical assistance to assist with implementation.
The requirement for vaccine verification for customers in the indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries, nightclubs, and lounges and their employees applies to drinking establishments with either no restaurant permit or a low-risk restaurant permit and requires that all customers and employees have at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7 and full vaccination by November 4. These establishments primarily serve adults and already require patrons to show proof of age; and while children do not usually enter these establishments, children under 12 are exempt from these requirements. Full vaccination verification for services in the indoor portions of restaurants is strongly recommended.
L.A. County Updates Guidelines for Youth Sports
On August 30, 2021, the L.A. County Department of Public Health announced it will modify the Health Officer Order to update youth sports testing requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes, staff, coaches and volunteers.
The county continues to recommend weekly testing for unvaccinated participants in youth sports. The following applies to teams and sport activities based in L.A. County and relaxes some screening testing:
- Indoor Moderate or High Risk Sports for children of all ages, staff, coaches and volunteers. A weekly negative test result is required for all participants who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are playing, staff, coaches, and volunteers; weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.
- Outdoor Moderate or High Risk Sports for youth 12 and older, staff, coaches and volunteers. A weekly negative test result is required for all participants 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are playing, staff, coaches, and volunteers; weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.
- No screening testing required for children under 12 playing Outdoor Sports; weekly school testing fulfills this recommendation.
- Fully vaccinated youth participating in outdoor sports are not required to test weekly unless there is a positive case among players, coaches and/or staff. If there is a positive case, all players, coaches, staff and volunteers (regardless of vaccination status) are required to have a weekly negative test result for two weeks from exposure to the case and must test negative prior to competitions.
These requirements may be modified based on the availability of and access to testing and will be reassessed when community transmission is no longer high. Read the Youth Sports Guidelines (PDF).
L.A. County Health Officer Order Modified to Require Masking at Outdoor Mega Events
On August 17, the L.A. County Health Officer Order was modified to require universal masking at outdoor mega events regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Masks are required to be worn by everyone at all times except when actively eating or drinking at these events. Outdoor mega events are outdoor events with crowds greater than 10,000 attendees and include music or food festivals, car shows, large endurance events, marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.
As the highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread, wearing masks regardless of vaccination status indoors and in crowded settings, including at outdoor mega events, reduces the risk of being infected with and transmitting COVID-19. According to the L.A. County Department of Public Health, emerging data affirms that fully vaccinated people are well protected from severe infections with Delta variants. Although fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected than unvaccinated people are, they can become infected and transmit infection to others.
Following an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections, on July 16, 2021, the L.A. County Health Officer Order was modified to require masking for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status to prevent increased spread.
Effective July 17 at 11:59 p.m., masks are required in all indoor public places, venues, gatherings, and businesses (including offices, retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public). Some exceptions apply, similar to the exceptions in masking requirements that were in place prior to the June 15 reopening. This includes exceptions for children under the age of two, for those with certain medical conditions or disabilities that prevent masking, and for those whose job doesn’t permit masking. Details are available in the revised Health Officer Order.
Reopening Protocols and Toolkits
For reopening protocols and toolkits for various sectors, visit the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
How to Report a Complaint
To report a complaint to the L.A. County Department of Public Health, call 888-700-9995 (M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or file a complaint online on the L.A. County Department of Public Health website.
- Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
- Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
- Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.