New travel restrictions updates have been published by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LAPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Anyone who has traveled, internationally or outside of California, is required to self-quarantine for 10 days commencing on the day of arrival, and to monitor their own health. We encourage you to take a few moments to review the new guidance.
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. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk of new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains that are now present in California. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 during this pandemic.
Persons who experience symptoms must contact a medical provider. Any impact to work or classes due to self-quarantine will be mitigated by the use of remote methodologies to ensure the individual can safely meet their obligations. Individuals are instructed to also communicate directly with their supervisor, affected instructor(s), and/or academic department chair and staff (director/coordinator).
The specific guidance from the LAPH and CDC include:
- All travelers (domestic or international) are required to monitor their health and practice physical distancing for 10 days after returning from travel;
- Travelers (domestic or international) should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
- Travelers (domestic or international) who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care; and
- Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
Individuals that have been vaccinated and travel are also required to quarantine for 10 days based on current LAPH orders.
Recently, the CDC and the US The Department of State have applied heightened levels of travel warnings and advisories to various countries. International students should also keep up to date on any travel or health advisories from their home countries.