(june 7, 2021) - LA COUNTY NOW ALLOWS OVERNIGHT CHILDREN’S CAMPS. CAL/OSHA WORKPLACE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS TO BE RELAXED TO ALIGN WITH JUNE 15 STATE RE-OPENING.
CHILDREN’S OVERNIGHT CAMPS
The Health Officer Order Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Yellow Tier Risk Reduction Measures was recently updated to permit the operation of Overnight Organized/Children’s Camps in compliance with the requirements of Appendix K-1, effective June 3, 2021. Changes are highlighted in yellow. Owners and operators must give prior notice of intended operation to County Environmental Health to allow sufficient time for an inspection of the premises before reopening. This Health Officer Order and other pertinent information and resources can be found on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 webpage.
CAL/OSHA TO RELAX WORKPLACE COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
On June 3, 2021, the Cal/OSHA standards board recommended relaxing physical distancing and masking requirements for fully vaccinated workers, and other adjustments to align with California’s June 15 reopening and retiring of the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” Without these changes the original standards would be in place until at least October 2, 2021. These restrictions are no longer required given today’s record low case rates and the fact that California has administered 37 million vaccines. If the standards are approved by the Office of Administrative Law in the next 10 calendar days, the standards are expected to go into effect no later than June 15, 2021.
The revised standards include the following:
- Face Coverings: Fully vaccinated workers without COVID-19 symptoms do not need to wear face coverings in a room where everyone else is fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms. In rooms where everyone is not vaccinated, face coverings continue to be required for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated workers without symptoms do not need to wear face coverings outdoors except when working at “outdoor mega events” with over 10,000 attendees, which may include events or theme parks.
- Physical Distancing: When the revised standards take effect, employers can eliminate physical distancing and partitions/barriers for employees working indoors and at outdoor mega events if an employer provides respirators, such as N95s, to unvaccinated employees for voluntary use. After July 31, physical distancing and barriers are no longer required (except during outbreaks) provided all unvaccinated employees are offered respirators for voluntary use.
- Exclusion from the Workplace: Fully vaccinated workers who do not have COVID-19 symptoms no longer need to be excluded from the workplace after a close contact.
- Special Protections for Housing and Transportation: Special COVID-19 prevention measures that apply to employer-provided housing and transportation no longer apply if all occupants are fully vaccinated.
Employers will still be required to maintain a written COVID-19 Prevention Program with the following changes:
- Employers must review the California Department of Public Health’s Interim guidance for Ventilation, Filtration, and Air Quality in Indoor Environments.
- COVID-19 prevention training must now include information on how the vaccine is effective at preventing COVID-19 and protecting against both transmission and serious illness or death.
The Cal/OSHA Press Release regarding this is posted at: https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2021/2021-58.html
(MAY 11, 2021) - Los Angeles County Department Of Public Health (Ladph) Announces Further Covid-19 Openings Related To Golf Courses, Visitation At Juvenile Detention Centers And Informal Social Gatherings In La County
With numbers for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continuing to drop in Los Angeles County and statewide in California, LADPH announced further COVID-19 reopening protocols for golf courses, visitation at juvenile detention centers and informal social gatherings in Los Angeles County, effective May 11, 2021.
Guidance for Informal Social Gatherings
The LADPH announced that as of May 11, 2021, fully vaccinated people can attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people without wearing a mask. They can also have an indoor, informal social gatherings where everyone is fully vaccinated, except for guests of one household that does have any not fully vaccinated people (including children) living in it that are at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19, without wearing a mask or staying six feet (distancing).
However, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), fully vaccinated people should still protect themselves and others in many situations by wearing a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps. Take this precaution whenever they are:
• In indoor public spaces
• Gathering indoors with unvaccinated people (including children) from more than one other household
• Visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk
• Attending a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event.
See the complete, updated protocols for each sector below:
Please visit the LADPH website for all of the protocols and guidance documents related to COVID-19 safety, including vaccines.
All people 16 years old and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost, regardless of insurance coverage. To find vaccination appointment times and locations, as well as safety information, what to do and expect before, during and after vaccination, in multiple languages, visit the LA County vaccine webpage.
LADPH considers you to be “fully vaccinated” when:
• Two weeks or more have passed since you received your second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (PfizerBioNTech or Moderna); or
• Two weeks or more have passed since you received your dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen)
See the LADPH fact sheet explaining what fully vaccinated people should and should not do at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/vaccine/AfterFullyVaccinated.pdf.
all people in los angeles county 12 years or older are eligible for vaccination as of may 13, 2021
LADPH announced that, as of May 13, 2021 all people in Los Angeles County 12 years old or older are eligible for free vaccination. You do not need to have health insurance and you will not be asked about your immigration status. Vaccines are offered at hundreds of locations across LA County. These include clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, places of worship, and mobile clinics. For more information, including finding vaccine appointment dates and locations, vaccine safety information, what to do and expect before, during and after vaccination, visit the LA County vaccine webpage and www.VacunateLosAngeles.com (en Español).
L.A. County sites are only vaccinating people who either live or work in L.A. County. If you do not live or work in L.A. County, please do not make a vaccination appointment at an L.A. County site, and if you have an appointment at an L.A. County site, please cancel it as you will be turned away at the site.
County Reopening Protocols, 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.
Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM, 7 days a week for assistance with appointments (multiple languages available).