LA County mask mandate, or no mandate, the City of West brought back its “Cover that Face” banners throughout the city last night to remind community members about the safety of wearing a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The banners are back regardless of the Los Angeles County Department of Health decision today to not reimposing a universal indoor mask-wearing mandate that was supposed to go into effect this Friday.
In a Public Health Virtual Media Briefing dated July 28, 2022, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters that the city would not impose the mask mandate due to continued downward trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. “While cases and hospitalizations remain elevated, we’re relieved to see declines across both of these metrics,” she said. “Today we’re reporting 7,009 new cases with the average number of cases reported over the last week at about 5,900 new cases per day. That’s a decent decrease from last week’s average of 6,750.”
She stated that the 1,239 COVID-positive patients hospitalized in the county as of Thursday, has also decreased to 1,329 from a week ago. The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus has been holding mostly steady.
Ferrer warned that a new indoor masking mandate would be imposed if the county remained in the high virus activity level category as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for two weeks. The county entered the “high” category exactly two weeks ago when the average daily rate of new COVID-related hospital admissions rose above 10 per 100,000 residents. That put the county on track to impose a new masking mandate on Friday.
To view the news briefing click below:
County, state, and federal rules require masks for everyone* 2 years of age and older in some locations (see table).
It is strongly recommended that people continue to wear masks that fit and filter well in all indoor public places. The spread of COVID-19 continues to be a significant risk for many in Los Angeles County.
EVERYONE* MUST wear a mask:
On all forms of public transportation in LA County. This includes trains, buses, taxis and ride-shares.
- In all indoor transportation hubs in LA County, including airport and bus terminals, train and subway stations, seaports or other indoor port terminals, or any other indoor area that serves as a transportation hub.
- In healthcare settings
- In long-term care settings and adult/senior care facilities
- In state and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Shelters and cooling centers
- In any other location where it is the policy of the business or venue
Masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for EVERYONE in:
- Indoor public settings and businesses such as retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms, meetings, state and local government offices that serve the public.
- Indoors at K-12 schools and daycare
Additional mask recommendations:
- Masks are strongly recommended indoors or in crowded outdoor settings for people at high risk of severe illness, or who live with someone who is at high risk. Masks that provide the best protection against COVID-19 should be worn. Examples include a well-fitting respirator (e.g., N95, KN95) or a double mask (a well-fitting cloth mask over a medical mask).
- Masks are strongly recommended for people who are gathering indoors with people who are at high risk of severe illness.
To learn more, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/masks/RulesAndRecommendations/