PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:
As of March 3, 2022, LA County and Pasadena have moved into the Low COVID-19 Community Level.
By News Desk
The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) issued updated Health Officer Orders that go into effect on Friday, March 4.
Under the revised orders, based on Pasadena’s community level evaluation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indoor masking will be strongly recommended, but not required, for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, except in high-risk settings where federal and state regulations continue to require masking.
Everyone should use masks in:
- public transit,
- emergency shelters,
- cooling centers,
- health care settings,
- correctional and detention facilities,
- homeless shelters, and
- long-term care facilities.
Employers will still be required to offer and provide, for voluntary use, medical grade masks and/or respirators to employees working indoors in close contact with other workers and/or customers. No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business. Businesses, worksites, operators or hosts may choose to implement COVID-19 risk mitigation measures due to conditions such as crowding, potentially larger numbers of unvaccinated people, presence of people at risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19, or inadequate ventilation.
School Requirements Will Change on March 11
Masks are required by the State Health Officer order indoors at schools and childcare facilities until March 11 when masks will not be required but only strongly recommended for students, children, teachers, and staff regardless of vaccination status. Schools may choose to continue to require masking on campus, on buses and transportation, and during school activities based on their own assessment. Masking may be required by PPHD in certain instances such as outbreak scenarios.
Masking is strongly recommended for everyone, in indoor public spaces. Surgical masks or respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit remain highly recommended.
People who have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask, test, and stay home. Masking is still required for those who exit isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 early (after Day 5 of their isolation or quarantine period with a negative test and resolving symptoms).
Two additional community prevention strategies are vaccine verification and ventilation. Vaccine verification in health care and congregate care settings continues to be required across all community risk levels. Vaccine verification also continues to be required for entry to indoor mega events, with a negative COVID-19 test result required for those not fully vaccinated. Vaccine verification at outdoor mega events and indoor portions of bars, nightclubs and lounges is strongly recommended but will no longer be required.
> For local COVID-19 resources including testing and vaccination locations, visit cityofpasadena.net/covid-19.
Edited by Ann Hunnewell
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