Indoor Arcades and Indoor Playgrounds to Reopen with Safety Measures; Hour Restrictions Removed for Bars, Breweries and Wineries

The Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 21 new deaths and 405 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 21 new deaths reported today, seven people that passed away were over the age of 80, six people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, five people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, and three people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49.

To date, Public Health has reported 1,233,060 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County and a total of 23,890 deaths.

There are 420 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 23% of these people are in the ICU. COVID-19 testing results are available for nearly 6,500,000 individuals with 18% of people testing positive. Today’s daily test positivity rate is 0.7%.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was updated to align with the change in CDC recommendations around masking for fully vaccinated people. Additional modifications to the Order also included allowing indoor arcades and indoor playgrounds (bounce centers, ball pits, laser tag) to open at 25% maximum indoor capacity with safety modifications. Bars, breweries and wineries hours of operation limitations due to the pandemic have been removed, and employees who are fully vaccinated at food service facilities have the option of wearing a face shield in addition to a face mask when in close contact with customers; wearing a mask is still required. Employers must verify and document an employee’s full vaccination status if a fully vaccinated employee chooses not to wear a face shield. In-person behavioral health (mental health and substance use) therapeutic and educational support groups, such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous or Patient Education groups, may return to typical participant levels with specified safety modifications. The updated Health Officer Order and protocols can be found online.

“I send my deepest sympathies to the families mourning a loved one lost to COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, director of Public Health. “We must continue to be careful and take sensible precautions in the weeks ahead while we vaccinate more people, especially as we look to move to the least restrictive tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. While fully vaccinated people can participate in some activities because of the protection vaccinations give them, it is critically important that we continue to wear masks, avoid crowds and encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated – both first and second doses. The majority of people in Los Angeles County are not fully vaccinated and some are not able to be vaccinated. Getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is effective at preventing serious illness and death and protects our entire community.”

Public Health has made vaccinations available without appointments at all of County sites through next week. Everyone 16 and older living or working in LA County can walk-in and get vaccinated. You should bring a photo ID with you and teens 16 and 17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com (English) and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (Spanish) to learn how to make an appointment at vaccination sites, what verifications people will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more. Those who don’t have Internet access, can’t use a computer, or are over 65 can call (833) 540-0473 for help finding an appointment. There may be an extended wait time to speak with an operator for help making an appointment during high demand times. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.