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There continues to be a significant risk of COVID-19 transmission in Los Angeles County. Residents are asked to get vaccinated and get boosted when eligible and are encouraged to wear a mask in indoor public places. This is to protect themselves and others, especially those who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill if they get COVID-19. To see what the current LA County community COVID-19 level is click here.

To learn more about how to reduce your risk, visit ph.lacounty.gov/reducerisk.

Mask requirements and recommendations

Everyone* 2 years of age and older is required to wear a mask in these locations:

  • On all forms of public transportation in LA County. This includes trains, buses, taxis and ride-shares.
  • In all indoor transportation hubs in LA County, including airports and bus terminals, train and subway stations, seaports or other indoor port terminals, or any other indoor area that serve as a transportation hub.
  • In healthcare settings
  • In long-term care settings and adult/senior care facilities
  • In state and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Shelters and cooling centers
  • In any other location where it is the policy of the business or venue

Masks are strongly recommended in many other situations – for details see the Mask Wearing Rules and Recommendations webpage. Masks that fit and filter well should be worn.

*There are some people who should not wear a mask, such as children younger than 2, people with certain medical conditions or disabilities, and people instructed by their medical provider not to wear a mask. Children ages 2 to 8 should wear a mask only when under adult supervision. See Who should not wear a mask and Special considerations for persons with communication difficulties or certain disabilities.

No one can be prevented from wearing a mask to enter a business or participate in an activity.

Pre-entry proof of vaccination or negative test

Some venues, events, and health care settings may require visitors and customers to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. Check their rules before buying a ticket or visiting.

Proof of vaccination

To prove that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 most venues are likely to accept a digital vaccination record, vaccination record card, a photocopy of the card, or a photo of the card on a phone. Some venues may also require a photo ID. Check the specific requirements of the venue.

Visit the Public Health COVID-19 vaccination records web page to learn about the different types of vaccination records. You can get a free digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.

Proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test

To prove that you had a recent negative test, venues may ask for a photo ID and a negative COVID-19 viral test result. The test may have to be taken within a certain time limit – for example 2 days (if PCR/NAAT) or 1 day (if antigen) before you enter the establishment or event. Check the specific requirements of the venue.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against COVID-19.

Vaccinations are free and available to everyone ages 6 months and over, regardless of immigration status. Vaccines are widely available across LA County without an appointment. In-home vaccination is available to people who are homebound.

Visit the How To Get Vaccinated webpage to find a location near you,
or call the Public Health Vaccine Call Center 1-833-540-0473 open daily from 8am to 8:30pm.

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Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

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