County of L.A. Public Health - Update 10/8/21 - FAQ for Nightclubs, Lounges, Bars, etc + New Guidance for Holiday Safety: Halloween

Latest updates:


COVID-19 Vaccination or Test Requirement FAQ for Nightclubs, Lounges, Bars, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Please see the updated COVID-19 FAQ - What Nightclubs, Lounges, Bars, Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Need to Know. The section on employee supplemental paid sick leave was removed (this benefit expired September 30th).


New Guidance for Holiday Safety - Halloween 

Please review and share our Guidance for Holiday Safety website which includes information on:



Visual Guidance for Verifying Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Negative Test

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order mandates that a record of full COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test performed within the previous 72 hours is required before entry to events, establishments and venues within Los Angeles County.  

Please see attached guidance for verifying vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test.
LA County Visual Guidance - Verifying Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
LA County Visual Guidance - Verifying Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test

COVID-19 Prevention in Public Settings

Please see the COVID-19 Prevention in Public Settings document for a summary of mask, testing and vaccination requirements and recommendations for customers/guests in public settings.  The rules outlined in this document are mandated by the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order.



New COVID-19 Resources for Parents & Guardians 

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has a new COVID-19 Resources for Parents & Guardians webpage.  This webpage provides COVID-19 prevention information and other resources for parents and guardians of children who are in Early Care and Education (ECE) programs, Transitional Kindergarten to 12th grade (TK-12), and youth sports. Please disseminate this email to all parent groups.  


HOO for the Control of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order + Guidance for Hosting Halloween Events 

The Health Officer Order for the Control of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order has been updated as of September 22, 2021.  All individuals who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have been in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to quarantine themselves and follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's instructions for self-quarantine, unless they meet exemption criteria, as specified by this order.  Please read the entire order carefully.

There is new Guidance for Hosting Halloween Events.  Please visit the LA County Department of Public Health's Best Practices webpage for this and other information on best practices to prevent COVID-19.



FAQ for Night Clubs, Bars, Lounges, Distilleries, Breweries, and Wineries

There is a new FAQ for COVID-19 Vaccination or Test Requirement information.  Please read this information carefully.  Please visit the Business Toolkit for Ensuring Safety and Compliance with the Health Officer Order webpage for helpful information for businesses about how to prevent COVID-19 surges through vaccination verification.  The webpage contains signs and resources for your business.  


The LA County Department of Public Health has issued a Health Officer Order (HOO) Friday September 17, 2021 that goes into effect on Thursday, October 07, 2021.  Changes are highlighted in yellow.  It aligns with the State's September 8, 2021 definition of Outdoor Mega Events. Beginning October 7, 2021, all attendees, ages 12 and over, at Outdoor Mega Events involving 10,000 or more persons must, prior to entry, show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a pre-entry negative COVID-19 (diagnostic) test result. Self-attestation is not a permitted method for verification of vaccination or test result.  Beginning October 7, 2021, requires bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs and lounges for indoor service and operations to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of their patrons and employees.  The County Health Officer strongly recommends, beginning October 7, 2021, that the operators of all restaurants and food facilities reserve and prioritize indoor seating/service for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In addition to the Health Officer Order dated September 17, 2021, there are new guidance flyers for Verifying Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Verifying Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test.  

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 webpage



Please see information below about no-cost COVID-19 testing at local health centers and select pharmacies.

The COVID-19 testing sites on the LA County COVID-19 Testing website offer no-cost (free) testing.

The City of Los Angeles also offers free COVID-19 testing.

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) has also partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country (HHS website)

These companies are coordinating with state and local governments to:

  • Provide Americans with faster, less invasive and more convenient testing

  • Protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct-contact with symptomatic individuals

  • Expand testing to communities across the United States, especially those that are under-tested  and socially vulnerable

Please visit these companies' websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.

No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:

For local testing information, visit the California health department's website.



This is to provide you with the revised Health Officer Order (HOO): “RESPONDING TOGETHER AT WORK AND IN THE COMMUNITY -- BEYOND THE BLUEPRINT FOR A SAFER ECONOMY, HIGH TRANSMISSION — ENCOURAGING COVID-19 VACCINATION COVERAGE WITH MODERATE RISK REDUCTION MEASURES,” dated August 23, 2021, effective as of 11:59pm on Monday, August 23, 2021.

The HOO aligns with the State Public Health Officer’s August 18, 2021 Order Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors regarding Indoor Mega Events.

  • Beginning September 20, 2021, all attendees at Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more persons must, prior to entry, show verification of COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 (diagnostic) test result. This is a lower attendance threshold than the previous requirement of 5,000 participants. 

  • Clarifies that for all Indoor Mega Events scheduled on or after September 20, 2021, self-attestation is no longer a permitted method for vaccine verification or verification of a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Requires specific infection control protocols for Youth Sports effective September 1, 2021 - 2021.08.20_Appendix S-Protocol for Organized Youth Sports.pdf

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 webpage


Please see the Revised Health Officer Order (Effective 11:59 p.m., Saturday, July 31, 2021) with changes highlighted in yellow.

Brief Highlights include:

  • Incorporates by reference, the July 26, 2021 State Public Health Officer Order that mandates specific public health requirements regarding worker vaccine status, respirators or masks, and testing requirements for Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care settings, High-Risk Congregate Settings and Other Health Care Settings.

  • Reiterates that because the County is currently experiencing high rates of COVID-19 community transmission, all persons, in indoor public and business settings, must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.

Please see our Best Practices for Businesses, updated July 27, 2021. The updated best practices provide additional guidance in light of the increasing rate of community transmission of COVID-19 and the impact of the Delta variant in Los Angeles County.

Please click on the following links for more information:

Other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 webpage



The welfare and safety of the residents of Los Angeles County is a priority.  Of great concern is keeping employees safe in the workplace.  LA County Department of Public Health has developed COVID-19 Safety: Workers Rights in California.  This is a resource that provides information to workers to make them informed of their rights in the workplace.
The COVID-19: Continuing Safety Measures is a resource that explains ongoing COVID-19 requirements for businesses.   Businesses are required to adhere to both:  The County Health Officer Order (HOO) which is
posted at AND  CAL/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) posted at


 Our Best Practices for Businesses guidance was updated June 25, 2021 and includes important information:

  • Prevent and reduce transmission from and among customers/visitors

  • Prevent and reduce transmission among employees

  • Maintain a healthy work environment

  • Maintain healthy business operations

  • Signage.

Our Best Practices for Office-Based Businesses guidance was updated June 25, 2021 and includes important information:

  • Requiring masks for employees in compliance with State Guidance and Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS)

  • Screen customers, vendors, and delivery people

  • Reduce crowding, especially indoors

  • Ventilate

  • Support handwashing

  • Communicate

Current Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards for COVID-19 require face coverings in specific situations for specific employees. Masks are required for all unvaccinated employees when indoors or in shared vehicles. Free and Low-Cost PPE is available for businesses.
Please click on the following link if your business is interested in partnering to Host a Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. Hosting a vaccine clinic is FREE! All 3 vaccines are safe and effective in protecting you and your community from COVID-19. No health insurance required. No immigration questions will be asked.


This is to notify you about the new Health Officer Order (HOO): A Safer Return Together At Work and In The Community: Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Encouraging COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage with Limited Risk Reduction Measures, dated June 14, 2021, effective as of 12:01 AM on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
The new HOO rescinds most Los Angeles County Department of Public Health sector-specific protocols (except those listed below) and aligns with the State Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the accompanying memoranda and orders of the State Public Health Officer. The HOO also urges everyone, especially those who are not or cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, to continue to exercise caution and good judgment as physical distancing requirements and capacity limitations are removed.
Businesses and customers should continue reviewing best practice documents and sector-specific protocol for designated areas on a regular basis to ensure they are complying with the latest health protection and prevention measures. The following protocols are in the process of being updated and currently not posted (except Appendix T2). Please check the following links for future updates:
Appendix K: Reopening Protocol for Day Camps (pending revisions 6/14/2021)
Appendix K-1: Reopening Protocol for Overnight Organized / Children’s Camps (pending revisions 6/14/2021)
Appendix T1: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools (pending revisions 6/14/2021)
Appendix T2: Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in K-12 Schools (revised 4/30/2021)



The Protocol for Live Events and Performances (Outdoor Seated): Appendix Z has been updated effective as of Thursday, May 6, 2021. Recent changes are highlighted in yellow: • Clarifies that employees, players, or performers who are fully vaccinated or have had a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 90 days and are not symptomatic should not be subject to screening tests for COVID-19. • Fully vaccinated employees who would otherwise be required to wear a face shield in addition to a face mask may decline to wear a face shield; a face mask is still required. Employers should maintain a record documenting that they have confirmed that employees are fully vaccinated. • Attendees may be given hard, scannable tickets for entry to the venue.
The Protocol for Live Events and Performances (Indoor Seated): Appendix Z-1 has been updated effective as of Thursday, May 6, 2021.  Recent changes are highlighted in yellow: Updated to include courtside seating guidance for fully vaccinated and fully masked ticket holders at indoor sporting events. Clarifies that employees, players, or performers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 90 days and are not symptomatic should not be subject to screening tests for COVID-19. Attendees may be given hard, scannable tickets to use for entry to the venue if electronic tickets are not feasible.


Please note that the LA County Health Officer Order remains in effect across LA County, and masks are still required in settings as described in the orders and protocols, posted here:
Masks are still required for everyone at:
-          Large events, public transportation, retail, and business establishments.
-          Workplaces (under Cal/OSHA masking and distancing requirements)
Masks are still required for all unvaccinated people:
-          Outdoors anytime distancing cannot be maintained
Masks are still not required for fully vaccinated people:
-          Outdoors unless attending crowded events
-          Indoor and outdoor visits with other fully vaccinated people and with unvaccinated people from one household without high risk people
Please see our website  for additional information and resources.  
Thank you, from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


There is an updated sign for businesses to communicate that people 
must wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated. 


This is to notify you about the revised Health Officer Order (HOO): Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community For Control of COVID-19, dated April 29, 2021, effective as of 12:01 AM on Friday, April 30, 2021; and the  
Protocol for Social Distancing: Appendix A Effective as of 12:01am on Friday, April 30, 2021 4/30/2021: • Cleaning requirements have been updated to reflect updated CDC cleaning guidance. • Includes updated language related to screening of fully vaccinated employees. • Updated paid sick language. • Allows onsite food and drink consumption in designated dining areas with safety modifications.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated today to reflect newly permitted activities allowed in the State of California’s Orange Tier, beginning Monday, April 5 at 12:01 a.m. Additional safety modifications are required or recommended for many sectors.
The modifications to the Health Officer Order include the following:

  • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Visits are limited to 90 minutes. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted outdoors only and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per indoor table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.

  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less, with continued safety modifications.

  • Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables and gaming areas.

  • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.

  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required except when swimming.

  • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating and drinking is allowed in only designated dining areas or while in your reserved seat.  Masks must be worn at all times, while not eating or drinking.

  • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.

  • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow time for as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.

  • Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75%.  Patrons and workers are required to be masked at all times.  For services that require customers to remove their masks, such as facials or electrolysis, staff must wear a fitted N95 and goggles or a mask with a face shield.

  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.

  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can play all outdoors sports between two teams with required modifications.  For events or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individual or doubles competitors, event organizers must apply to Public Health for approval of the proposed athletic event, tournament or competition.

It is critical that businesses follow Health Officer Order directives and infection protocols to protect workers and customers and minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible. The County's recovery and the safety of workers and customers depend on businesses fully implementing infection control and physical distancing requirements.
Also, effective April 1, 2021, amusement parks, outdoor seated live events and outdoor professional sporting events are permitted with the safety measures in place, including occupancy limits, distancing, masking and eating and drinking requirements.
Please visit our website ( to see the new Health Officer Order and all updated Los Angeles County protocols and guidance documents related to COVID-19, including information on the vaccine.

Please see the new Protocol Office Worksites: Appendix D that goes into effect at 12:01 am on Monday, April 5, 2021:
The new Los Angeles County Health Officer Order and all updated Los Angeles County protocols and guidance documents related to COVID-19 are posted on our website:
Additional information about COVID-19 and the vaccine can be found here:
Thank you from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.


The County of Los Angeles has entered the “Red Tier” of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and is lifting some local activity-specific restrictions, which went in effect at 12:01 am today, Monday, March 15, 2021.  However, Los Angeles County continues to experience substantial rates of COVID-19 transmission, and the danger COVID-19 poses to our community has not subsided.  Vaccinations are occurring as quickly as supplies allow, but most people in our community are not vaccinated.  New variants of the virus that may spread more easily or cause more severe illness are present in our county; however, their impact on our local pandemic is largely unknown. 
The LA County Department of Public Health urges businesses, entities, and residents to continue exercising caution even as certain restrictions are lifted.  Just because certain activities are allowed or certain reopening protocols are revised, that does not mean that those activities are “safe”.  Businesses and customers should continue to regularly check the County Public Health website for updates to their sector-specific protocol(s) to ensure they are in compliance with the most current safety modifications. 
The updated Health Office Order adds three protocols: Appendix S – Youth and Adult Recreational Sports; Appendix W – Limited Services; and Appendix X – Movie Theaters.



Los Angeles County will offer COVID-19 Vaccines for workers in the following sectors on March 1.

  • Food and Agriculture

  • Education and Childcare

  • Emergency Services and First Responders

With very limited vaccine supply and uncertainty on timing for increased production, a realistic and carefully developed plan for expanding vaccination availability to these additional sectors is being executed. We appreciate your patience as we roll out this next phase.   

Registration is required for a vaccine appointment. Please prepare to show proof of identification, and proof of employment in a qualifying sector within Los Angeles County. Registration and a list of eligible identification is available at Vaccinations are free and providing immigration status is not required.


Food & Agriculture

Department of Public Health plans to partner with employers and employee organizations along with trusted sources for these groups, like unions, workplace leaders, community leaders and community-based organizations.

Those who are eligible in this category:

  • Food service workers

  • Food manufacturing

  • Grocery store workers

  • Grocery store workers (without pharmacies)

  • Animal agriculture workers including those involved in Vet health

  • Veterinarians

  • Food and Agriculture-associated Port and transportation workers

Education & Childcare

Many school districts have partnerships and capacity to create their own PODs to vaccinate their workforce. Independent and parochial schools will be partnering either with their school districts or will have reserved appointments at county PODs for their workforce. 

Those who are eligible in this category:

  • Teachers (K-12, Preschool)

  • Support staff (K-12, Preschool)

  • Childcare

  • Independent Schools

  • Junior Colleges

  • Colleges & Universities

Emergency Services & First Responders

For the Emergency Services and First Responders sector, agencies, including the courts and correctional facilities, will be partnering with fire departments, police departments, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Services and local hospitals to vaccinate their workforce. 

Those who are eligible in this category:

  • Police/law enforcement officers

  • Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Emergency and public safety communication centers, EOCs

  • National Security

  • Maritime and Aviation Response (TSA)

  • Corrections officers and workers

  • Courts/Legal Counsel & Prosecution

  • Campus and school police

  • Rehabilitation and Re-entry

  • Federal law enforcement agencies

  • Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers

  • Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures

  • DCFS, APS (workers physically responding to abuse and neglect of children, elderly and dependent adults)

Nearly 400 sites in L.A. County are administering the vaccines, including federally qualified health clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and large capacity vaccination sites.

Check or follow @LAPublicHealth on social media for more information on when and where people in these sectors can get vaccinated.

Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:


Latest Updates

Vaccines continue being administered in Los Angeles County. As of late last week, we had received a total of 275,795 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 100,556 doses have been administered to our frontline health care workers at our acute care hospitals. We also have begun to administer the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine and as of yesterday, 1,602 healthcare workers are fully vaccinated.


We have received 215,200 Moderna doses, of which 31,915 had been administered to staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities, EMTs and paramedics, and to healthcare workers at clinics. This includes healthcare workers at urgent care and primary care clinics, at intermediate and home health care facilities and services, as well as healthcare field workers who face a high risk of exposure. At this point, we have administered 32% of the vaccines we have received as first doses.


Now that the holidays are behind us, the pace of vaccinations is picking up as we expand the number of people trained to administer these vaccines and we continue to open additional locations to administer vaccines to priority group healthcare workers who don’t work at acute care hospitals. 


This week, additional vaccination sites will be opening across the county for frontline healthcare workers with appointments. Healthcare workers include clinical staff such as doctors, nurses, and therapists as well as people who work in other areas like laboratories and hospital environmental services. Currently, vaccination is only available to the healthcare workers who have direct or indirect contact with patients or infectious materials. Eligible healthcare workers can sign up for an appointment, and find out what verifications are needed, by going to Healthcare worker signup website.


PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU ARE NOT A PRIORITY GROUP HEALTHCARE WORKER. Doing so will take an appointment slot away from the high-risk healthcare workers.


People who ARE NOT an eligible healthcare worker WILL BE TURNED AWAY at the vaccination site if you don’t have the required verification documents, which include the below.


Table 1

Vaccination Distribution Phases


Many people are interested in getting vaccinated. However, Public Health is proceeding with administering vaccinations within the priority groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), with additional guidance provided by the state.  We understand that some people may feel they should be or are in these priority groups. However, there are clear definitions that we have posted on our website with very specific groups according to the priority tiers.


Note that these timelines are estimates and may change according to factors such as vaccine supply and the state prioritization requirements. Phases and tiers will also overlap.



*Proposed but not voted on by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and may be modified by CDC and/or CDPH


In the meantime, please continue to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, physically distance, and avoid gathering with people outside your household, even after you are vaccinated.


Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:


The significant increases in COVID-19 cases, associated hospitalizations, and premature deaths across the United States, the State of California, and within Los Angeles County, have necessitated revisions to the Health Officer Order and two accompanying Appendices. These revisions include a mandatory quarantine order for those persons entering into Los Angeles County from outside the Southern California Region after non-essential travel. This message is to alert you to these three revised documents, which are posted on our website :

  1. County Health Officer Order, Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19: Tier 1 Substantial Surge Updated Response, dated December 30, 2020

  2. Protocol for Social Distancing: Appendix A, dated December 29, 2020

  3. Mandatory Directive on Travel: Appendix W, dated December 30, 2020

Revisions to the Health Officer Order include the following:

Except as provided in Appendix W, persons arriving in the County of Los Angeles from anywhere outside of the Southern California Region on or from non-essential travel, including returning County of Los Angeles residents, must self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival. Such persons must stay at home or another place of temporary shelter and away from contact with others, including those in one’s household (unless they are also under quarantine), for a period of 10 days.

Quarantine may end after Day 10 if the traveler(s) never had any symptoms and they continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after arrival. If such quarantined person develops symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, they must isolate themselves as required by the Health Officer's Order for Isolation. For purposes of this Revised Temporary Order, non-essential travel is defined as travel or transportation that is conducted mainly for tourism, recreation, or visitation purposes. 

The Southern California Region (Region) is defined as the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. 

Appendix A is the Protocol for Social Distancing. Revisions to Appendix A include added definitions and multiple updates made to incorporate universal physical distancing, face covering use, and other infection control protocols for all businesses, facilities, and sites.

Appendix W is the Mandatory Directive on Travel. This Directive establishes the County Health Officer’s rules for mandatory quarantine after non-essential travel.  There some limited exceptions to the required mandatory quarantine after travel.

The Order remains in effect for as long as the State Health Officer’s Regional Stay at Home Order remains in effect in the Southern California Region.



A Revised Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19: Tier 1, Substantial Surge Updated Response (Order) was Issued December 27, 2020, and can be found here. The Order was revised to extend its duration for as long as the State Health Officer’s Regional Stay At Home Order remains in effect in the Southern California Region.
In addition, Protocols for Shopping Center Operators: Appendix E was updated on 12/27/2020 to clarify the requirements for both indoor and outdoor seating at shopping centers. A copy of the revised protocol with details on the changes can be found here.