1/7/22: Updated to reflect changes to the County Health Officer Order, effective 1/6/22 unless otherwise specified:
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Best Practices for Businesses
Given the ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 and the presence of new and emerging variants, a layered approach to prevention that includes masking indoors, full vaccination with a booster, if eligible, and good ventilation is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
Per published reports, factors that increase the risk of infection, including transmission to people more than 6 feet away, include:
Below is a summary of requirements and best practices for businesses that host Mega Events to enhance safety for their workers, customers, and communities, and to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission within their establishments.
Mega Events include indoor events with more than 500 attendees and outdoor events with more than 5,000 attendees. Mega Events must follow the requirements of the LA County Health Officer Order. Examples of Mega Events include, but are not limited to: conventions, conferences, expos, concerts, shows, sporting events, live entertainment, fairs, festivals, parades, theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, marathons or endurance races and car shows. Operators that host smaller events should review and follow DPH Best Practice Guidance to Prevent COVID-19 in Smaller Events & Cultural Institutions.
In addition to the provisions of the Health Officer Order, please note:
Please be sure to read and follow the general guidance for businesses & employers.
The specific best practices below are intended to supplement the general guidance.
Risk varies based on the size of an event and whether it occurs indoors or outdoors. Outdoor events and those with lower numbers of attendees pose less of a risk of transmission compared to large, indoor events. Below is a table that describes the different rules that apply based on these two event characteristics.
|Event Location||Number of Attendees||Masking Rules||Proof of Full Vaccination (or negative test)* required for patrons?||Performer Requirements?|
|INDOOR||Under 500||Required for all
— fully vaccinated and
not fully vaccinated
Employees in close contact with others must wear a medical grade mask, surgical mask, or higher-level respirator (N95, KN95) when indoors.
|Required if venue is located in the City of LA**; otherwise strongly recommended|
|1,000 or more
|Required for all —
fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated
Employees in close contact with others must wear a medical grade mask, surgical mask or higher-level respirator (N95, KN95) when indoors
|OUTDOOR**||Under 5,000||Recommended but not required||Recommended|
|5,000 or more
|Required for all — fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated||Required|
*A person is fully vaccinated for COVID-19: two weeks or more after they have received their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen), or two weeks after receipt of another vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 testing must be conducted on a sample taken within 1 day for an antigen test and within 2 days for a PCR test prior to entry into an event. See the Business Compliance Toolkit for helpful resources on implementing a vaccination requirement for your business.
**Indoor events with fewer than 500 attendees must comply with the LA City Vaccination Verification Ordinance as described on this page and at the SafePassLA website and FAQ page. If you are not sure whether your facility is located in the city of Los Angeles visit https://appcenter.gis.lacounty.gov/districtlocator/ and type in the address where your event will be held.
***Performers may unmask during performances only if they are fully vaccinated and are tested regularly. Testing cadence must be as follows: