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FutureStarrUS County Los Angeles February Mask Requirement Lifted
The CDC has announced that all unvaccinated people will have to wear a mask until the flu virus is completely eradicated in the U.S. Despite these new guidelines, most hospitals are still required to use masks. These restrictions will remain in place until the number of cases of influenza and its variants falls below 2,500 for at least seven days. The CDC has also said that the COVID-19 vaccine must be made available to everyone within eight weeks.
In December, the CDC announced that the COVID-19 masking order would be relaxed for the first time in three years. As long as the county doesn't have more than 2,500 cases of COVID-related hospitalizations, it will no longer be required to require masks for children to attend outdoor mega-events. In the meantime, it will continue to evaluate the need for masks for schoolchildren.
The CDC is also proposing metrics to decide when the masking requirement can be relaxed. These include a drop in the number of COVID-related hospitalizations, which will likely occur once the rate drops below 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks. In other words, if the rate falls below 2,500 for seven days, the masking rule will be lifted. If there are no new troubling variants, the order will remain in place.
The CDC has recommended that the state and local governments maintain the masking mandate until the number of cases related to COVID-19 reaches less than 2,500 in two consecutive weeks. Once the CDC has determined that there has been a reduction in the amount of COVID cases reported each day, the local government will consider the issue closed. In the meantime, the local public health department is continuing to evaluate the impact of the masking requirements for schoolchildren.
The health department is also planning to loosen the masking requirements in some areas. The masking order will still be in effect in Los Angeles County. The state will not relax the masking rules in all counties. However, this does not mean that all schools and child care centers are voluntarily requiring people to wear a mask. It is not clear if it will lift the blanket ban in any county.
According to the CDC, the California masking mandate is expected to be lifted on Wednesday. But it will remain in place for at least a few weeks. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will also not require the masking requirements for schools. In other words, the LA County government is not removing the law. The masking requirements will remain in place until the virus is no longer present in the county.