Los Angeles Will No Longer Require Masks For Vaccinated Folks Outdoor – .
UPDATED with latest: The cascade continued on Tuesday afternoon when Los Angles Public Health officials announced they would update the county’s Covid-19 guidelines to comply with the new, relaxed CDC regulations that were released Tuesday morning. California officials also signaled the state would comply.
From the public health statement:
Los Angeles County will soon be adapting our health officer regulation to align it with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on when and where people should wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The county will change the order of health officers to reflect these changes and provide guidance for additional activities and attitudes this week.
Los Angeles, San Francisco Qualify for the first time for the least restrictive yellow reopening tier of CA. You have to do this for another week to relax the restrictions
BEFORE at 11:40 am:Just minutes after the federal government issued new guidelines for the external masking of fully vaccinated Americans, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement confirming that the state would adopt CDC regulations. “After reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking recommendations,” Newsom wrote, “and using science and data as a guide, we’re trying to align California guidelines with these reasonable updates.” Los Angeles public health officials have yet to weigh up, but generally agree with the state.
Los Angeles County Health Officer orders to adapt to new CDC recommendations. For more information, please visit https://t.co/tm5puxO1SN pic.twitter.com/4Q29OzZzhb
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) April 27, 2021
The news comes the same day that Los Angeles Covid numbers first qualified it for the least restrictive tier of California’s reopening blueprint. If the region stays below the required thresholds for another week in a row, the requirements for cinemas, theme parks, concerts, and pose events can be relaxed.
BEFORE at 11:02 am: Just as the weather was warming, the CDC issued new masking guidelines for Americans. A key takeaway from the publication is that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded environments and locations. In particular, masks should continue to be worn during a crowded outdoor event such as a live performance, parade, or sporting event.
Case in point: The huge Vax Live concert this Sunday at the new SoFi stadium in Los Angeles limits the crowd to fully vaccinated residents. As per instructions on Ticketmaster, attendees must wear masks, show their vaccination card, and ID to prove who they are.
Restaurants are a different story, however. The instructions state that fully vaccinated people can dine in an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households. See table below.
An update from @CDCDirector:
If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering or dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households, science shows you can do it safely and without a mask.
– White House COVID-19 Response Team (@WHCOVIDResponse) April 27, 2021
What this means for television and film productions that seem to lie between these two examples remains to be seen. The instruction states that Americans are safe to attend small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family members and friends without a mask. Assuming that most of the workers on a movie and TV are vaccinated and production uses the zone model, this seems to pave the way for maskless outdoor shots and maybe even small crowd scenes.
The guidance can also provide some mental relief for the actors, as CDC regulations seem to provide more security for performing maskless acts in small groups – as long as everyone is vaccinated.
However, the CDC warns that even fully vaccinated individuals are at increased risk of “activities such as singing, screaming, exerting or breathing heavily, being unable to wear a mask or maintaining physical distance.”
It is unclear when these recommendations could be codified in the film and television production industry protocols, but the CDC recommends workers continue to “follow the instructions of individual employers”. States and counties could also weigh.
New CDC mask guide for fully vaccinated people
Here are additional details from the CDC announcement that fully vaccinated Americans may be:
– Visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physically distancing yourself
– Visit unvaccinated individuals (including children) from households that are at low risk of developing serious COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
– Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded environments and venues
– Resume domestic travel and do not test before or after travel, or quarantine after travel.
– Avoid testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and do not self-quarantine upon your return to the United States.
– Avoid testing after a known exposure if it is asymptomatic, with some exceptions for certain settings
– Do not quarantine after a known exposure if it is asymptomatic
– Avoid routine screening tests if it is asymptomatic and feasible
Those last five points are certainly great news for Hollywood guys traveling to work, not to mention on location productions.