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Los Angeles County announced on Thursday afternoon that it will be reinstating indoor mask policies across all of its businesses and permitted indoor gatherings — this time for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated citizens.
The breaking news reveals that, as of Saturday (7/17) at 11:59 p.m., all businesses in LA County with indoor operations must require visitors to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The previous ruling permitted vaccinated residents to forego the need for masks after the CDC announced guidelines that rendered mask wearing useless.
According to the latest CDC ruling, fully vaccinated people are instructed to adhere to the following:
- Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
- Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
- Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
- Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible
As of Thursday, LA County has seen a spike in COVID cases, and there has been a continued warning about the Delta variant’s heightened rates of contagion compared to the original COVID-19 strain, but with significantly less lethal effects.
The ruling on behalf of LA County and its COVID-crazed commissioner continue to diminish living conditions for residents trapped in a state suffering from rising homelessness rates and violence in its cities.