Effective March 4, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) eliminated a masking requirement for all people, regardless of their vaccination status, more indoor public places that align with guidelines ordered by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on March 1, 2022. Additionally, there are no longer vaccination status checks or COVID test status requirements -19 negative more circumstances in order to unmask.
LADPH “strongly recommends” that all people continue to wear face masks indoors, and requires masks to be worn by all people over the age of 2, regardless of their vaccination status:
- On public transport and transport hubs (planes, airports, ferries, marinas, trains, metros, train and metro stations, buses, bus stations, taxis and carpooling);
- Indoors in K-12 schools and daycares through March 11, 2022;
- In health facilities;
- In correctional institutions; and
- In shelters and cooling/heating centers.
Additionally, Cal/OSHA continues to require mask wearing when required by CDPH or local health department orders, for employer-provided transportation, and if an employer experiences a major outbreak or disease outbreak.
Additionally, for mega indoor events (1,000 people or more), although mask-wearing is no longer mandatory, pre-entry verification of full vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test continues. For outdoor mega events (10,000 people or more), pre-entry checks are strongly suggested.
While the new order allows employers to continue to require masks (as well as allowing employees and others to wear masks), employers who wish to maintain mask-wearing requirements will no doubt learn from employees that the “law” has changed and that employees are no longer required to wear masks in the workplace. Similarly, vaccinated employees may resent the idea of working side-by-side with an unmasked person who may not be vaccinated. These changes will undoubtedly create morale issues and other workplace disruptions.
As demonstrated by the rapid and significant difference from last week’s LADPH orders, we anticipate that there may be future orders that require more masking.