Given the ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 and the presence of the Delta variant, masking indoors and at outdoor Mega Events, regardless of vaccination status, is essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Delta variant of the virus spreads much more easily than strains of the virus that circulated in LA in the past. Per published reports, factors that increase the risk of infection, including transmission to people more than 6 feet away, include:
- Enclosed spaces with inadequate ventilation or air handling that allow for build up of exhaled respiratory fluids, especially very fine droplets and aerosol particles, in the air.
- Increased exhalation of respiratory fluids that can occur when an infectious person is engaged in physical exertion or raises their voice (e.g., exercising, shouting, singing).
- Prolonged exposure to these conditions.
Below is a summary of requirements and best practices for businesses, employers, and organizations to enhance safety for their workers, customers, and communities, and lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission within their establishments. These requirements and recommendations apply to all businesses.
In addition to this information, remember:
- Employers, businesses, and organizations must follow the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) and the County Health Officer Order. Please note that the directives in the LA County Health Officer Order must be followed when they are more stringent than the Cal/OSHA ETS.
- Employers must also continue to follow all applicable requirements in the County Health Officer Order, including the more protective measures of mandated indoor masking, regular testing of employees who are unvaccinated and unable to wear masks, and reporting of COVID-19 cases, clusters and outbreaks to the LA County Public Health Department.
For more information and printable signage on how to safety re-open your business, please visit the L.A. Department of Public Health Re-Opening Page.