By mid-week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) had reported 31 new deaths and 1,267 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 31 new deaths, five were people over the age of 80, and nine persons were between the ages of 65 and 79 years.

Public Health urges those wishing to attend sports events to do so safely. The best way to enjoy viewing or attending sports events safely is to be vaccinated, masked up, and prepared to comply with public health directives.

Last October, Public Health saw increases in cases that coincided with more frequent gatherings to watch sporting events. Although these gatherings occurred before vaccinations were available, many people gathered without distancing or wearing face coverings, frequently inside.

The County is currently in a much better place, with more than 60 percent of the nearly 10.3 million L.A. County residents fully vaccinated. However, the persistent circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant makes it much more likely that infected people can spread the virus in crowded places.

Before going to your favorite sports bar, all adults and accompanying teens attending need to have had at least one dose of vaccine (if before Nov. 4) or are fully vaccinated (if on or after Nov. 4). Bring proof of vaccination and a photo ID for everyone in your party, and plan to wear masks indoors except when actively eating or drinking. People may wish to consider using the outdoor areas of the establishment to be extra safe.

Everyone heading to a local venue to see a live game must make sure they and any accompanying teens are fully vaccinated or have had a recent negative COVID test. Attendees should plan to bring proof of vaccination or negative testing for every person in their party, and photo identification for everyone 18 and over. Once at the game, they should plan to wear masks except when actively eating or drinking.

The aforementioned rules are set by L.A. County and establishments are legally required to comply.