On Thursday, Los Angeles County announced that residents would have to wear masks indoors even if they are vaccinated. The contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly.
On Saturday night, the new ordinance will go into effect. This is just one month after California started its economy again, and dropped some of the restrictions for the vaccinated people.
Dr Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer, stated: “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 see now. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment.”
Before, fully vaccinated people were allowed to remove their masks in California. However, officials believe that the new measures will help in keeping the spread of the delta strain under control. They did not mention when the new restrictions would be dropped down, but there may be some new ones following in the future, in case the number of cases gets too high.
The Los Angeles Public Health officials stated that wearing a mask indoors will actually reduce the risk of getting and transmitting the virus. We’re requiring masking for everyone while indoors at public settings & businesses, regardless of vaccination status, so that we can stop the increased level of transmission we’re seeing.”
The Delta strain has become the dominant variant of COVID-19 in the US. Los Angeles has more than 1000 new cases per day, which is a really big difference from the 173 cases per day during June. But the good thing is that the hospitalizations and the cases are more than 93% lower than they were during the peak of the pandemic.
51% of the population of California has been fully vaccinated.