LA County removes masks for vaccinated people from bars, restaurants and stores

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Vaccinated travelers can now enter restaurants, bars, museums and other indoor establishments without face coverings.

Los Angeles County health officials recently announced that customers are now allowed to remove masks indoors. The measure came into effect on Friday 25, and now people who can justify a vaccination will no longer be required to wear a face covering.

Los Angeles Skyline

After nearly two years of mandatory restrictions in that county, vaccinated travelers visiting Los Angeles can now enter covered restaurants, bars, museums, stores and other establishments without a mask. However, unvaccinated customers are still required to wear a face covering even though they may show negative COVID test results.

Barbara Ferrer, county director of public health declared for reporters on Thursday, the day the measure was announced: “It allows, in places where you check that people are either fully vaccinated or have this negative test result, that it is then an environment safer where those who are fully vaccinated can go ahead and (remove) their masks”.

people crossing Hollywood Boulevard

Ferrer insisted that the removal of the mask mandate only applies to those who have been vaccinated: “While those who are not, even if they have had a negative test result, (must) keep their mask. This is to stay aligned with the order of the state.

Business owners can continue to require masks indoors, but it’s no longer mandatory for employees either. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti noted they will follow the county’s lead and also shared its positive expectations: “This moment gives us renewed optimism about the direction of this pandemic.”

waiter serving customers without mask in restaurant

Los Angeles County officials are working on transitioning to easy COVID restrictions to return to a lifestyle more similar to what citizens had before the pandemic, including the tourism industry.

LA County Travel Recommendation

Hollywood sign in Los Angeles

Ease of restrictions goes hand in hand with reducing risk and controlling the pandemic. At present, about 70% of the population of La County, 10.3 million people have been vaccinated.

Ferrer explained that mask protection is still recommended for vulnerable people and for those who live with them. Travelers may wear masks as a precaution or when deemed necessary.

Crowd of masked individuals on an unspecified street in Israel

Los Angeles County Tips and advice for travelers website, suggests travelers “make sure they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, i.e. they are fully vaccinated and have received their booster dose, if eligible , before the journey”.

International travelers must present proof of vaccination and take a COVID-19 test no later than 1 day prior to flight departure to the United States, with the exception of toddlers and people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 in past 90 years and can provide the appropriate documentation.

Young asian man wearing face mask while checking departure board at airport

The county also asks not to travel with any symptoms and suggests all travelers stay up to date with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. travel requirements and considerations.

Tourism in LA

Los Angeles remains a top destination in the United States. Travelers can explore the city through the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and experience Beverly Hills, especially if this is their first trip to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County has many attractions and beautiful places to visit. From iconic coastal landscapes like Malibu, Santa Monica and beautiful Venice Beach, to famous amusement parks – Universal, Disney, Six Flags, Legoland, Knott’s Berry Farm – and museums like the Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, what now First museum of Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles.

Adam Burke, CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, recently shared for Skiff their optimism for tourism: “Los Angeles travel demand is making a strong comeback, with 2022 expected to reach 91% of 2019 visitation levels and a return to pre-pandemic total visitor numbers by 2023; although the international won’t fully recover until 2025.”

Now that guests are no longer required to wear masks, vaccinated travelers can enjoy indoor and outdoor experiences to build unique memories under more “normal” conditions.

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