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By Alyssa Erdley
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Travelers to the County No Longer Have to Quarantine Upon Arrival if They are Fully Vaccinated

Did you even realize that travelers entering Los Angeles County were supposed to quarantine for 10 days?

 

April 13, 2021

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Visitors arriving at LAX have no idea they're supposed to quarantine for 10 days, or if they do, they certainly don't care

As Los Angeles County moved into the Orange Tier on Monday and following the latest CDC directives, public health officials issued new guidelines regarding travel. Now travelers who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine upon their entry into the county. Travelers who are not vaccinated must still quarantine. However, they have a choice. If they take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after their arrival that is negative, they only need to quarantine for 7 full days after their arrival. If they choose not to get tested, they must quarantine for 10 full days after their arrival.

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This is one of those "guidelines" that is observed more often in its disregard. How many people even knew of this rule? It is doubtful very many have followed it. Who is going to take a trip to Los Angeles, either for business or pleasure, and spend 10 (or even 7) days in quarantine? Who has the time for that? This LACDPH guideline seems more in the order of "cover your a**" than anything else.

Creating - and then having the nerve to publicize - brainless, over-reaching edicts only serves to make the Public Health department look ineffectual.

 

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