Los Angeles County said Thursday that residents would be required to wear masks indoors once more, regardless of vaccination status, amid the spread of the highly contagious.
The new ordinance will go into effect late Saturday night and comesCalifornia dropped most restrictions for vaccinated people and restarted its economy.
“We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los, and waiting to do something will be too late given what we’re seeing now,” Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s , said during a news briefing. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment.”
Previously, thosewere allowed to remove their masks across California, but health officials said the new measures would help stanch the spread of the delta strain. The orders will be in place for the foreseeable future, although Davis stressed that more restrictions could be put in place should skyrocket.
“Wearing a mask indoors with othersof both getting & transmitting the virus,” Los Angeles Public Health wrote on Twitter. “We’re requiring & businesses, regardless of vaccination status, so that we can stop the increased transmission level we’re seeing.”
In late June, public health officials in Los Angeles urged residents to wear masks again in public spaces, citing the spread of the delta strain, which has since become thein the United States. Los Angeles County is averaging more than 1,000 new cases daily, a sharp increase from the average of 173 points per day when the state
was still under virus restrictions in mid-June. However, the Los Angeles Times notes that cases and hospitalizations arethan at the height of the pandemic, and deaths are at low levels. Health officials have stressed that vaccines remain the best method to combat serious illness and death even amid the surge in cases linked to the delta variant. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has to get vaccinated, and figures show that are among people who remain unvaccinated.