Coronavirus
Reopening

South Bay

Safe in the South Bay Program
The “Safe in the South Bay” program has been created for restaurants and businesses in El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach and Torrance. The Chambers of Commerce from those cities have partnered with Beach Cities Health District to provide health guidance and a self-certification process related to Los Angeles County’s Health Officer Order. Learn more here.


Los Angeles County

Health Officer Order Appendices

Best Practices for Businesses:

To report a violation:
Customer Call Center: (888) 700-9995 (M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Email: Ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov
File an online complaint with Environmental Health
 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Provides Framework for Lifting Masking Requirements at Events and Indoor Establishments 

For outdoor mega events involving more than 10,000 people, before masking requirements are lifted, all of the following criteria need to be met:

  • Los Angeles County case rates must demonstrate three consecutive weeks at or below moderate transmission as defined by the CDC – that is, less than 50 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents;
  • Hospitalizations remain low and stable at or below 600 daily COVID-19 hospitalizations for three consecutive weeks;
  • 80% or more of County residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated;
  • And there are no emerging reports of significantly circulating new variants of concern that threaten vaccine effectiveness.

For masking requirements to be lifted at indoor events or establishments involving fewer than 1,000 people, including indoor offices and worksites, sites must have a vaccination verification process in place, and all employees and customers must be fully vaccinated, accommodating with additional requirements those employees with approved exemptions. Additionally, Los Angeles County metrics must meet all of the same standards as for lifting masking requirements at outdoor mega events.

Indoor masking will remain mandatory due to federal and state requirements on public transit and transportation hubs (federal), and at TK-12 schools, childcare and youth settings; healthcare settings; correctional facilities; homeless and emergency shelters and cooling centers; and indoor mega events involving more than 1,000 people (state).
 

Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries:
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries must require patrons 12 years and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, all patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service. Beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Children under age of two years are exempt. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Nightclubs and lounges:
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), nightclubs and lounges that are only open to persons 18 years and older, must require patrons and on-site personnel to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service at a nightclub or lounge. Beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

A negative COVID-19 test result does not qualify as an alternative to providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

Aligning with the State’s June 15 Reopening
On June 14, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order for a Safer Return Together at Work and in the Community effective as of 12:01 a.m. on June 15 that aligned with the State's June 15 reopening.

Brief Highlights:

  • Rescinds most LACDPH sector-specific protocols and aligns with the State Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the accompanying memoranda and orders of the State Public Health Officer.
  • Urges everyone, especially those who are not or cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, to continue to exercise caution and good judgment as physical distancing requirements and capacity limitations are removed.

For the most recent Health Officer Order and Los Angeles County updates, visit bchd.org/covidupdates.

Find metrics to guide reopening in LA County here. 


California

Masking at Workplaces

Individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts of public indoor settings must:

  • Require all patrons to wear masks for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status; and
  • Post clearly visible and easy to read signage, with or without having an employee present, at all entry points for indoor and outdoor settings to communicate the masking requirements for patrons.

Special considerations are made for people with communication difficulties or certain disabilities. Clear masks or cloth masks with a clear plastic panel that fit well are an alternative type of mask for people who interact with: people who are deaf or hard of hearing, children or students learning to read, people learning a new language, and people with disabilities.

All businesses, venue operators or hosts must implement measures to clearly communicate to non-employees the masking requirements on their premises.

  • No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
  • The categories of persons who are exempt from mask requirements remain unchanged at this time and can be found at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/masks/#notwear. In workplaces, certain employees may be exempt from wearing a mask when performing specific tasks which cannot feasibly be performed while wearing a mask. This exception is limited to the period of time in which such tasks are actually being performed. Workers who cannot feasibly wear a mask while performing their work must be tested for COVID-19 at least twice per week, unless the employer is provided proof against COVID-19 or proof of recovery from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days against COVID-19.
  • In workplaces, most employers and businesses are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and some to the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standards, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements. The ETS allow local health jurisdictions to require more protective mandates. This County Health Officer Order, which requires masking of all individuals at indoor public settings and businesses, regardless of vaccination status, is a such a mandate in Los Angeles County, and overrides the more permissive ETS regarding employee masking.
  • All employers and businesses subject to Cal/OSHA must review and comply with the active Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). As approved and effective, the full text of the COVID-19 Prevention emergency standards will be listed under Title 8, Subchapter 7, sections 3205-3205.4 of the California Code of Regulations. All businesses or employers with independent contractors should also review the State Labor Office webpage entitled, "Independent Contractor Versus Employee."

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy


United States

Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan
President Biden is implementing a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that employs the same science-based approach that was used to successfully combat previous variants of COVID-19 earlier this year. This plan will ensure that we are using every available tool to combat COVID-19 and save even more lives in the months ahead, while also keeping schools open and safe, and protecting our economy from lockdowns and damage. Learn more here.