LOS ANGELES — The City of Los Angeles is rolling back indoor masking restrictions for businesses that require proof of vaccination to enter, Mayor Garcetti announced today.
The change takes effect immediately and brings the City into alignment with the County, which announced similar changes earlier this week based on official public health guidance.
“This moment gives us a renewed sense of optimism about the direction of this pandemic,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are able to take these steps today because of our collective determination and sacrifice, and we should take pride in that. But we’re not out of the woods, and we know that as the pandemic evolves, our collective fate will increasingly depend on our individual choices and actions. Now is the time to strengthen our resolve to protect the health and safety of everyone around us.”
The changes apply to a wide variety of businesses, including offices, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail, food and beverage services, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public.
Businesses have two options:
The first option allows businesses to lift indoor masking requirements for customers and workers. To be eligible, a business must verify the vaccination status or a negative test result for 100% of their customers and workers. This enables them to lift the indoor mask requirement for everyone at the business who is fully vaccinated, including customers and workers.
The second option allows businesses to lift masking requirements for customers only. The business must verify the vaccination status or a negative test result for 100% of their customers only. This enables the business to lift the indoor mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers only; workers must continue to wear masks when indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Customers and workers who are not fully vaccinated or who do not show proof of being fully vaccinated must wear a face mask when indoors, even if they have provided a negative test result. Rolling back masking requirements is optional for businesses, and customers and workers may continue choosing to wear a mask.
For more information, and to see the new City health order, visit coronavirus.lacity.org.