LA Reinstitutes Indoor Mask Mandate
July 22, 2021
Los Angeles County reinstated a mandate requiring residents to wear masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination as the county has continued to see an increase in COVID-19 transmission, county health officials said Thursday.
The county previously only recommended mask-wearing indoors. The new mandate will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
Los Angeles County on Thursday reported another 1,537 COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths. The number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County topped 400 Wednesday, while another 1,315 infections were confirmed.
Thursday marks the seventh consecutive day of new cases topping 1,000.
The increases continue slow but steady month-long climbs that have prompted concern among health care officials and led to another call from Gov. Gavin Newsom for people to get vaccinated.
"I cannot impress upon you more the power of getting vaccinated," Newsom said during an appearance Wednesday in Bell Gardens.
"If we want to extinguish this pandemic, this disease, we've got to get vaccinated. Period. Full stop. You're seeing again around the rest of the world -- read the headlines in Indonesia right now. Read the headlines in Portugal right now. Read the headlines in the United States of America right now."