Starting Thursday, August 19, an L.A. County mandate requiring masks to be worn by everyone at all times—except when actively eating or drinking—at outdoor mega events regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.
L.A. County officials were prompted to issue the order due to the continuing spread of the highly infectious Delta variant. To date, Public Health identified 1,355,698 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 24,935 deaths. 1,679 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 with 24% of those in the ICU.
“To the families and friends experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one due to COVID-19, I send my deepest condolences,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Many businesses and worksites are doing their part and we thank all the establishments and businesses that are implementing safety recommendations, including requiring attendees to be vaccinated and layering masking and distancing. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, universal masking is now required at all outdoor mega events where thousands of people from many different communities are crowded together, often for extended periods of time. The most sensible way to add protection is to please keep you mask on when in indoor public places or worksites and at outdoor mega events when not eating or drinking.”
L.A. County continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines at many different sites across the county that have weekends and evening hours. Anyone 12 and older is eligible. Vaccinations are free. For more information, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com