Los Angeles County Reinstates Mask Mandate As Delta Variant Spreads

By Paul Riegler on 15 July 2021
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The Santa Monica pier

Health officials in Los Angeles moved to reinstate some Covid-19 related restrictions one month after the region celebrated a long-awaited reopening.

Starting Saturday night, residents and visitors will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer.

The move comes after a steep jump in new infections.  For the week ended Wednesday, the county reported an average of 1,077 new infections each day, a 261% increase when compared to the same period two weeks prior.

The order, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Saturday, does not require the closure of restaurants with indoor dining but patrons will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.

“We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late given what we’re seeing now,” Davis said to reporters in announcing the move.

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