City Relaxes Some Face Covering Rules for Vaccinated IndividualsMay 05, 2021 05:06PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The city of Manhattan Beach on Wednesday announced that it has relaxed mask requirements for vaccinated individuals, in alignment with new county and CDC guidelines.
After the L.A. County Department of Public Health released its revised Health Officer Order earlier today, Manhattan Beach issued an Emergency Order reducing face covering requirements in certain cases for fully vaccinated people.
“We are thrilled that 73% of our community has already been vaccinated with at least one dose. Because of these high rates, we are excited to relax some of our previous COVID-19 safety measures,” said Manhattan Beach Mayor Suzanne Hadley in a statement. “I know our community will continue to sign up for vaccinations, which help our businesses stay open, our schools to fully reopen, and our lives to return to normal.”
As of April 30, 73% of Manhattan Beach residents ages 16 and over have received at least their first vaccine, and 97% of Manhattan Beach senior citizens ages 65 and over have received at least their first vaccine.
New Guidelines Still Urge Caution
On April 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued revised Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, stating that, except in crowded settings and venues, fully vaccinated people may gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask when:
• With members of their household;
• With a small group of fully vaccinated people; and
• With a small group of people who are not fully vaccinated and not at a high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.
Los Angeles County and Manhattan Beach health orders now reflect these CDC recommendations.
Residents should note that the new recommendations support the continued need for everyone, including those fully vaccinated, to wear masks while in crowds, at large events and gatherings, and in indoor settings where unvaccinated people may be present.
Because COVID-19 can still easily spread, unvaccinated people, who remain at highest risk of becoming infected, need to continue wearing masks in all settings where they are around people not in their household. For more specific guidance and information on safe mask wearing, please visit the guidance on the county’s website.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health continues to monitor safety protocols and make adjustments as needed. To keep up with the latest updates from Manhattan Beach, sign up for the city’s eNotifications and Nixle public safety alerts, and follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.