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Los Angeles On Thursday, officials announced that the county would begin allowing people to remove masks indoors when they receive the vaccine as the winter current of the micron continues to decline.
CaliforniaThe most populous county on Friday will loosen its health care order to allow masks to be exposed indoors in restaurants, bars and other establishments for people who present evidence of vaccination. Employers can also allow their workers to remove masks when they are vaccinated.
All clients must still prove that they are vaccinated or have a recent negative result COVID-19 test. According to nationwide regulations, unvaccinated customers should continue to wear masks indoors if they are not actively eating or drinking.
The city of Los Angeles has said it will follow the example of LA County.
The county lagged behind the state as a whole, which last week abolished the mandate for masks indoors for vaccinated people for most businesses. Most of California’s 58 counties quickly followed suit.
However, Santa Clara County still requires a universal indoor mask.
In releasing the changes, the county health department cited fewer hospital admissions with COVID-19 and “vaccine efficacy in reducing severe disease”.
About 70% of Los Angeles County’s 10.3 million residents have been fully vaccinated, and about a third of residents have also been revaccinated.
Los Angeles County officials are under increasing pressure to ease the mask demand. Janice Hahn, one of five members of the county supervisory board, argued last week that the county should follow the state’s example.
“I think we are starting to lose people’s trust,” she tweeted on February 15. “We have already seen thousands of people grossly violate the mandate of Los Angeles County (outdoors) in masks for the Super Cup … Maintaining unfulfilled mandates only undermines confidence in our ability to make good and sound decisions.”
Last week, California became the first state to officially switch to an “endemic” approach to coronavirus when Gov. Gavin News announced a plan focusing on prevention and rapid response to outbreaks through mandatory disguise and business closures.
The milestone, which has been under preparation for nearly two years, involves a return to a more normal existence through various initiatives and billions of new costs to quickly identify jumps or options, add health workers, accumulate tests and counter false allegations and other misinformation.
It will probably be a few more weeks before Los Angeles County feels comfortable to remove all interior disguise requirements. This will happen when the COVID-19 transmission rate in the county – named as high – reaches a moderate level of less than 730 cases per day for seven days.
On Wednesday, the county reported 1,934 additional cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths. 1204 people were hospitalized.
California still requires indoor masks for everyone in elementary schools, on public transportation, or in certain group facilities such as nursing homes, children’s centers, prisons, and homeless shelters. However, the state Department of Public Health may announce changes to the school’s requirements on Monday.