LOS ANGELES, Calif.—California public health officials aligned on July 28 with new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that everyone in indoor public settings, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status Wear a mask
The announcement made by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is only a recommendation, not a mandate.
CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomas J. “The delta version has led to a sharp increase in the rate of hospitalizations and cases across the state,” Aragon said in a statement. “We are recommending masking in indoor public places to slow the spread, while we continue efforts to achieve more
Californians vaccinated. “
Los Angeles County earlier this month tightened its public-health order requiring everyone to wear a mask in indoor public settings, whether they have been vaccinated or not. The move comes in response to rising COVID infection numbers, for which the highly contagious delta version of the coronavirus has been blamed.
Other Southern California counties for non-vaccinated people are required to wear masks only indoors, but enforcement is primarily limited to a self-verification honor system.
The CDC on Tuesday changed its mask-wearing guidance recommending indoor face coverings for everyone in areas with “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission. This includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.
Thus far, no other Southern California county has followed Los Angeles’ lead in requiring masks for indoors.
According to state health officials, more than 90 percent of California’s population is in areas with “high” or “substantial” transmission of COVID-19.
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