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Masks are now mandatory at outdoor LA County concerts, sports games

Masks are now mandatory at sports games, concerts and other major events in Los Angeles County, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

The new rule came into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday and applies to all major outdoor events involving more than 10,000 people, such as music or food festivals, auto shows, major events in endurance, marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.

This means that fans will once again have to disguise themselves to go to Dodgers Stadium, the Rose Bowl, LA Coliseum, SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Bowl and other large venues.

People can remove their masks when eating or drinking, but must put them back on quickly when finished, according to the health worker’s updated order.

LA County already required masks in indoor public places like stores, offices and theaters.

The addition of mega-events to the list of places where extra protection is needed comes as the county sees an increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

“To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, universal masking is now required at all outdoor mega-events where thousands of people from many different communities are crowded, often for long periods of time,” said Barbara Ferrer, LA County Health Director. said in a statement earlier this week. “The most sensible way to add protection is to keep your mask on when you are in indoor public places or workplaces and at outdoor mega-events when you are not eating or drinking. “

Health experts say big events increase the risk of coronavirus transmission as people huddle together for long periods of time.

In addition, the more people gathered in one setting, the greater the likelihood that a person infected with the coronavirus will be present and the greater the number of people exposed, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Activities like singing, shouting or clapping can increase the risk of the virus spreading, according to health officials.

What if you show proof of vaccination?

Masks are mandatory at all LA County outdoor mega-events, regardless of immunization status.

The state recommends that large outdoor sites ask for participants’ COVID-19 vaccination status or negative coronavirus test results, but this is not required.

However, for small indoor sites that have more than 1,000 participants, the state will begin requiring all participants to show proof of vaccination or present a recent negative coronavirus test result from September 20.

And whereas before, California authorities let people “self-certify” to get vaccinated, it will no longer be allowed.

Here is what you can use to prove vaccination, if asked:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Card
  • The WHO yellow card
  • A photocopy of a vaccination record
  • A photo of the vaccination card on a phone or other electronic device
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
  • A digital record that includes a QR code that, when scanned by a SMART health card reader, displays on the reader the client’s name, date of birth, dates of vaccination and type of vaccine
  • Immunization documentation from other contract employers who follow these guidelines and standards for immunization records.

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