County health officials issue outdoor mask mandate for outdoor ‘mega events’

Everyone attending outdoor ‘mega-events’ of more than 10,000 people—such as open-air concerts and baseball, football and soccer games—will have to wear a face covering in Los Angeles County under a new COVID-19 health order taking effect later this week.

The new order, which will become effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, will require mask wearing in such outdoor settings except when people are “actively eating or drinking.” The order will apply to everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Unless things change in the interim, the order will be in effect at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, scheduled for Sept. 24-26.

“We’ve always said we’ll abide by mandates and rules and we’ll follow the masking order if it’s still in effect at the end of September,” said Jim Michaelian, President/CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “We’ll do whatever we can to make sure everyone has a good time and they’re kept safe.”

Outdoor events had been previously exempted from the county’s mask-wearing mandate, which requires face coverings in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required on public transit, at transit hubs such as airports and train stations, inside schools, at healthcare settings, homeless shelters and correctional facilities.

The updated health order, which was quietly posted on the county Department of Public Health’s website Monday, applies to all events of more than 10,000 people. The order cites as examples music or food festivals, car shows, endurance events, marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.

The mandate will affect people attending games at Dodger Stadium, as well as Rams/Chargers games at SoFi Stadium, LAFC games at Banc of California Stadium and LA Galaxy Games at Dignity Health Sports Park. Concert-goers at the Hollywood Bowl will also be affected.

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