Client Alert: LA County Businesses May Now Choose to Exempt Fully Vaccinated Workers and Visitors From Masking Indoors

Feb 25, 2022

On February 23, 2022 the Los Angeles County Public Health Department announced that, beginning February 25, 2022, businesses may choose to exempt fully vaccinated customers, visitors, and onsite workers from the County’s universal indoor masking requirements. In order to implement these exemptions, businesses must verify that all customers and onsite workers are either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative for COVID-19 using a viral test.

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As of Friday, February 25, 2022, businesses in Los Angeles County may implement any of the following three policies to comply with the County’s masking order:

  • Option 1: Businesses may allow both fully vaccinated customers/visitors and onsite workers to unmask while indoors, only if they:
    • Verify proof of either full vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative COVID-19 viral test for all customers/visitors and onsite workers prior to entry. See the chart below for more details.
  • Option 2: Businesses may allow only fully vaccinated customers/visitors to unmask while indoors, only if they:
    • Verify proof of either full vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative COVID-19 viral test for all customers/visitors. See the chart below for more details.
  • Option 3: Businesses may continue to require all persons, regardless of vaccination status, to mask while indoors.

Under Options 1 and 2, persons who are not fully vaccinated, or have not shown proof of full vaccination, may still enter indoor businesses, but must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 viral test and wear a mask while indoors. Certain exemptions to the universal masking requirements, such as when persons are actively eating or drinking, continue to apply regardless of vaccination status.

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Resources for California Businesses

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Access Los Angeles County’s Business Toolkit for Complying with Masking Orders here. Businesses can find appropriate signage and more information on complying with the masking order at this link.

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Learn more about verifying full vaccination here.

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Learn more about verifying negative COVID-19 tests here.

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Access the full Responding Together at Work and in the Community Order here.

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If you have questions regarding this article, please contact Patrick Maloney or Lisa Von Eschen of the Maloney Firm’s Employment Law Department.


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