Los Angeles County eases mask wear order to allow fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks outdoors in low-traffic situations, echoing new guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
“People who have been vaccinated can safely do outdoor activities, such as eating out with friends from several households. [and] attending small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people… without your mask, ”LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday.
Fully vaccinated people also do not need to wear masks in low-traffic situations where they walk past another person on the street, Ferrer said.
“If you’re fully immunized and you’re going for a walk… you don’t need to mask yourself if you quickly pass other people,” Ferrer said.
But even fully vaccinated people should still mask themselves in other crowded outdoor environments, such as a crowded promenade, promenade, live performance or parade, Ferrer said. CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky has recommended that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks in crowded outdoor environments such as crowded stadiums and concerts.
“If you are walking on a crowded promenade; you are on a crowded promenade; we ask you to keep your mask on in these situations, ”Ferrer said. “You won’t really be able to stay away from others and maybe stay with them for a while, so there it would make sense to keep your mask on.”
Ferrer said everyone will still be required to hide in crowded outdoor environments as part of the revised LA County health official’s order. The requirement is still important because more than 50% of people living in LA County are still not fully vaccinated, she said.
Previously, LA County required everyone to wear a mask near people who do not live with them – whether indoors or outdoors – including people passing by, unless everyone else. world in the frame is fully immunized or that there are only unvaccinated people from a household at an event.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people are always advised to wear masks when they are around other people who may not be fully vaccinated.
People are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second injection of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after receiving their injection of Johnson & Johnson.
Only people 16 and older can be vaccinated in the United States, and as a result, Ferrer said even fully vaccinated adults who have unvaccinated children may want to wear masks to set a good example for their children.
“Children need to be masked” when they are around people who don’t live with them, Ferrer said, unless everyone around them, in a small group, is fully immunized.
“For those of you who are parents or grandparents or when you go out with your children, you may want to continue to wear masks and wear an appropriate mask. So you may want to keep your mask on, even if you are fully immunized, when you are with your children, ”Ferrer said.
Highlighting the continued risk to children, officials in Hawaii this week confirmed the state’s first death from COVID-19 in a child – a boy age 10 or younger who had underlying health issues and was surrendering in Hawaii from another state with his parents.
“He felt symptoms of COVID-19 shortly after arriving in the islands and was taken to hospital where he died. Both parents were fully immunized before making the trip to Hawaii, ”the Hawaii Department of Health said in a statement.
Ferrer urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine has never been easier; supplies are now so plentiful that some vaccination sites have so many doses that they are asking for less next week.
“We’ve seen a significant drop here in LA County with people getting vaccinated and that’s very concerning,” Ferrer said. “Now would not be the time to lose momentum for vaccination.”
Many vaccination sites have had appointment slots that were not booked this week. Appointments booked for vaccines are down by at least 50% at vaccination sites run by LA County, Ferrer said.
“We have a lot of dates so that makes up for a part, but we’re still going to be down for this week,” Ferrer said.
The people who die from COVID-19 in LA County have “not all been vaccinated,” Ferrer said. “Today we are talking about 410 people in the hospital. None of these people have been vaccinated.