The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) issued a revision to the Health Officer Order effective as of 12:01 am on Friday, September 23, 2022.
The Health Order requires that all persons 2 years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask at healthcare indoor settings (including long-term care facilities and adult and senior care facilities).
Masks STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
The Health Officer strongly recommends, but no longer requires, that persons continue to mask while in public transit such as ships, trains, taxis, ride-shares, buses (including the LCF shuttle), and transportation hubs such as airports, bus terminals, marinas, etc. Transit providers may elect to continue requiring masking in their transportation hubs and on their conveyances.
Masks an INDIVIDUAL PREFERENCE
When the COVID-19 Community Level is LOW, masking may be based on individual preference in non-clinical settings when there have been no outbreaks.
Additional Masking Requirements
Regardless of the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level, employers are required to offer well-fitting medical masks and respirators, such as an N95, KN95, or KF94, at no cost to their employees who work indoors and have contact with other workers, customers, or members of the public, or in vehicles with more than one person. Respirators must be offered at no cost to workers in indoor settings when customers may spend time unmasked.
When the COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM or HIGH, facilities must maintain or reinstate universal masking for all staff and residents, regardless of if there are no outbreaks within the facility.
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
Please see the attached link for a copy of the County Department of Public Health’s latest order: Los Angeles County Health Officer Order (HOO)