5-13-22: Updated to align with revised Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Effective 5/6/22, Cal/OSHA requires employers to provide respirators upon request to any employee (regardless of vaccination status) who works indoors or in vehicles with more than one person.
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Best Practices for Businesses
Los Angeles County is utilizing both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels and California SMARTER Plan to guide the realignment of our local public health response to focus on reducing medically significant illness and minimizing strain on the healthcare system. See Los Angeles County Post-Surge Dashboard. The core community prevention strategies are indoor masking, testing, vaccine verification, and ventilation. Below is a summary of requirements and best practices for businesses, employers, and organizations to enhance safety for their workers, customers, and communities.
Please be sure to read and follow the general guidance for businesses and 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||Proof of Full Vaccination* (or negative test*) required for patrons?|
Strongly recommended for all, regardless of
|1,000 or more
for all, regardless of vaccination status
|OUTDOOR||Under 10,000||Recommended for individuals at higher risk of severe illness if they cannot maintain distance from others||Recommended|
|10,000 or more
|Recommended for individuals at higher risk of severe illness if they cannot maintain distance from others||Recommended|
*A person is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received either: their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), a single-dose of a 1-dose series (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen), or after finishing the primary series of a COVID-19 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.
1 COVID-19 symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms of COVID-19.