LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Los Angeles Department of Public Health updated the Health Officer Order to reflect updated guidance on masks outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.

“The updated mask guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) represents yet another step in the process of ending this pandemic and returning to a sense of normalcy. As a County, we have overcome some of the most trying moments of the pandemic by coming together – first by hunkering down at home and practicing safety measures to keep our loved ones and communities safe, and now by signing up to get vaccinated. Because of the efforts of our residents, we can continue re-opening safely and easing some mitigation measures that are supported by science and data.

With the County adjusting the Health Officer Order to align with the CDC recommendations, I urge all Los Angeles County residents to get vaccinated. At this moment, in outdoor settings, fully vaccinated individuals can enjoy more activities safely without a mask, like gatherings with friends or sharing a meal outdoors, than those who are not yet vaccinated. These are just some of the countless examples of the benefits of being vaccinated.  I know we can get to that goal of removing masks altogether and seeing the faces of our loved ones once more, but we can only do it if we all get vaccinated.

So, if you have already received a vaccine, share your experience with a friend or a family member. And if you haven’t yet, make an appointment to do so, or come to one of our County sites even without an appointment. It’s never been easier to get vaccinated than it is now. In the meantime, I remain committed to partnering with local organizations and community partners to ensure no vaccine is out of reach among our hardest hit communities. Together, we will see the end of this pandemic.”

CONTACT: 

Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov

Stephany Villaseñor, Communications Deputy, (213) 308-9017 or SVillasenor@bos.lacounty.gov