Los Angeles County Has a Mandatory 10 Day Quarantine for everyone arriving from outside Southern California. Over just the past month of December 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled from 400,000 to 800,000. Of the more than 2000 ICU beds in L.A. County, 77% are being used by COVID-19 patients, more than double at the beginning of December, when 37% of ICU beds served coronavirus patients. COVID-19 test positivity has more than tripled from 6% in mid to late November to over 19%.
The new quarantine order is for everyone, both residents and non-residents, coming into L.A. County from outside Southern California, that is from outside L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, El Centro, Inyo and Mono. Here's a link to the LA Traveler Form that is mandatory for those arriving at LAX, although the order to quarantine for 10 days also applies to those arriving by any means of transportation–train, car, etc.
There are exemptions from the quarantine order for health care professionals, people working in essential government or infrastructure roles, members of professional or college sports teams, and film or media professionals.
In light of the COVID-19 surge in California, airlines such as Air New Zealand are adjusting their route to enable flight crew to avoid California altogether. Air New Zealand's passenger and cargo routes to California will now incur a stop in Honolulu HNL to allow New Zealand based cabin crew to overnight in an area with much lower COVID-19 prevalence, with U.S.-based crew staffing the Honolulu to California flight legs.
Have you altered your travel plans as either a Los Angeles resident or non-resident, in light of the quarantine requirement?
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