LA County ends most COVID safety protocols for concerts


After more than a year of vaccination card checks, rapid antigen tests and ever-changing mask rules, the LA County Public Health Department has removed most of its COVID-19 restrictions for clubs. of music and rooms.

“Los Angeles County continues to experience a steady decline in COVID-19 cases, test positivity rates, and associated hospitalizations,” the order said Thursday. “The consistency of the decline of these important measures across the county and across the state allows for a meaningful revision of infection control strategies required at the community level.”

This means that for LA County, “pre-entry vaccination or recent negative test verification for attendees is recommended, but not required” for gatherings at outdoor festivals, bars and nightclubs.

In LA County, which spans everything between Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, cases are down more than 60% in the past two weeks.

Here’s what might be different about going to concerts in LA County and what to expect when you arrive at a show.

Justin Bieber performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 2, 2021 in Las Vegas.

(Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for RMG)

What has changed with the masks?
Starting March 4, the LA County Public Health Department will no longer require most indoor and outdoor events to make masks mandatory, regardless of vaccination status.

“The time is absolutely right, and things are loosening up,” said Kobi Danan of nightclub Hollywood’s Sound. “You can feel it in the energy around you. People inside the club feel more comfortable with other people.

LA County says masks like N95 and KN95 are still “strongly recommended” indoors, and that “site operators and individual hosts can choose to require masking, regardless of vaccination status, per customers, visitors, participants and workers”.

“We’re aligned with the county on masks, meaning they’re recommended but not required,” said Mitch Edelson, who runs Mid-City’s Catch One and Silver Lake’s Los Globos. “We always require proof of vaccination.”

Touring artists themselves may also require proof of vaccination. If you want to see blues legend Buddy Guy perform at Agoura Hills Canyon on March 10, you’ll need to show your vaccination card or a recent negative test upon entry. But a week later, at the same location, you can see the Hollywood U2 tribute act without showing any evidence of vaccination.

To celebrate the big unmasking, I scored tickets for Nick Cave at the Shrine on Wednesday and Lily Meola at the Troubadour on Saturday. I can leave my vaccine card at home, right?
Not so fast. In the cities of West Hollywood (the Troubadour) or LA (the smaller central part of LA County, where the sanctuary is located), you will not have to wear a mask indoors, but only if you are completely vaccinated.

Thus, the shrine still requires a vaccination card or a negative test to enter, while the troubadour must see proof of vaccination. But yes, you can watch the shows without a mask.

What about April’s Charli XCX show at The Greek?
No mask requirement, but you’ll still need a vaccine card or a negative test at the door — these are LA city rules for outdoor venues with more than 5,000 seats.

OK, how about Justin Bieber at the Crypto.com Arena this week?
Proof of vaccine or negative test is still required for indoor events over 1,000 people; it’s a rule of the state of California. Masks, however, are simply “strongly encouraged.”

This is confusing. Are vaccines or masks mandatory for shows in Los Angeles or not?
The short version: On Friday, LA County dropped most of its mask and vaccine requirements. The city of Los Angeles has mostly scrapped mask rules for concerts, but still requires vaccinations or testing for indoor concerts and larger ones outdoors. And artists and promoters can override newly relaxed county rules.

This is still an evolving situation, so respect your fellow viewers. And tip your bartenders generously.




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