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FutureStarrLos Angeles mask mandate
Mask wearing is a way of expression in much of East Asia. In China, wearing a mask and mask making are seen as a form of cultural heritage, and those passing it down from generations to generations. But in Japan, it's different. Los Angeles is set to make it illegal for people to wear masks in public without providing their faces for identification.Will this be a way of keeping people safe at Halloween? Not exactly according to one person we spoke to. He says masks play a very important role
In Los Angeles County, everyone 2 years of age and older must* wear a mask in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, public and private businesses and at outdoor Mega Events, regardless of their vaccination status. They must also continue to wear a mask on all public transit and transit hubs, at all health care settings, correctional facilities, shelters and cooling centers, and schools and day care facilities.
Most notably, the county must have three consecutive weeks of "moderate'' virus transmission as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means the county must have a cumulative seven-day new case rate of less than 50 per 100,000 residents. According to the CDC, the county's current rate is 83 per 100,000 residents, landing the county in the "substantial'' transmission category. Ferrer noted that the county's rate last week was about 72, meaning virus transmission has actually increased in the last seven days. (Source: abc7.com)
The indoor mask mandate for all people regardless of vaccination status took effect at midnight on Saturday, making Los Angeles County the first major county in the United States to reinstate such a requirement. The policy expands beyond the current state standard and the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; both require masks for unvaccinated people but not for those who are fully vaccinated.
LA County’s current indoor mask mandate has been in place since mid-July 2021, just one month after the state rescinded most of its coronavirus-related requirements for diners, bar and restaurant owners, and nearly every other (vaccinated) person. During that short maskless window the Delta variant began to wash over the region, leading to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations; hence the masks once again. Now, with Delta cases having dropped precipitously and county hospitals seeing reduced caseloads and increased vaccination rates, many are beginning to wonder when the masks can come off again at indoor settings like restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms. (Source: la.eater.com)