Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Residents Urged to Avoid Non-essential Travelas Spring Break Season Begins 

The Spring break season this year has the ability to derail our recovery 
journey if it involves increased travel, gatherings and nonadherence to 
safety measures. While COVID-19 numbers have decreased, transmission 
remains widespread here in L.A. County and in many states and 
countries. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect 
yourself and others from COVID-19 during this pandemic. Los Angeles 
County residents should continue to avoid all non-essential travel and 
stay within 120 miles from their place of residence, unless they are traveling 
for essential purposes. 

A Travel Advisory remains in effect in Los Angeles County. Anyone who 
is arriving to Los Angeles County must self-quarantine for 10 days; please 
remain at your home or lodging for the 10 days and avoid contact with 
others. Please do not travel if you are sick. If you have COVID-19 symptoms 
get tested. 

“To the families and friends mourning the loss of a loved one due to COVID-
19, I send my sincere condolences,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, 
MEd, Director of Public Health. "We may just be weeks away from reducing 
transmission in L.A. County enough so that additional re-openings 
are permitted. However, with increased case numbers in other states, and 
more circulating variants of concern, spring travel can lead to another 
surge that frankly would be almost impossible to tolerate. Travel increases 
the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. To avoid this, please postpone 
travel and continue doing your part to slow the spread so that our 
recovery journey isn't sidelined." 

Public Health's compliance teams continue to inspect businesses across 
the County every day. Inspectors review compliance with the Los Angeles 
County Health Officer Order, identify violations, and issue citations for 
businesses out of compliance. From February 18 through February 28, a 
total of 88 citations were issued to businesses including many restaurants 
and gyms for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders. Since the end of 
August, a total of 1,101 citations have been issued. 

The success of the County's recovery depends on businesses following the 
rules. Non-compliance contributes to increased community transmission 
when COVID-19 spreads among employees and customers. A list of non-
compliant businesses that received citations can be found online. 


On March 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health published a modified 

Health Officer Order to reflect changes for individuals who are fully vaccinated to align with the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) new guidelines and interim public health 
The guidance provides that fully vaccinated individuals may resume certain activities, such as 
gath-ering with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing; 
visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe 
COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing; and refraining from 
quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic. 
The Department of Public Health recommends that fully vaccinated people should continue to:

• Take steps to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet 
apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. These precautions should 
be taken whenever they are:
• In public 
• Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household 
• Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease 
or who lives with a person at increased risk.
• Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings 
• Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if after contact with someone who is 
sick. If they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested and stay home and away from 
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