At 11:59 pm on Saturday night order issued to Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis went into effect that it “requires all persons to wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status, while in all public settings and closed businesses.”
Dr. Davis’ health official’s order holds that “universal interior masking is the least disruptive and most effective measure that can be taken while increasing vaccination rates; this is an important security policy that can be implemented without affecting normal business operations and capacity. “
The order explicitly states that skins should now be used, among other places, in the following indoor environments:
-Restaurants (you can remove the masks to eat and drink)
-By public transport
-Interior “mega-events”, such as concerts, with more than 5,000 attendees
-In outdoor “mega-events” of more than 10,000 people, masks should be worn in areas where “50% of the structure has adjacent waterproof walls”
-Interiors in K-12 schools, nurseries
-Internal transportation centers, such as airports and bus stations.
-In prisons and shelters for the homeless
California, hit by 1,000 cases, increase in new Covid infections over 24 hours, from 3,611 on Thursday to 4,651 on Friday
The order places the responsibility on companies to inform customers of the need to wear a mask and requires all guests to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. It also says that companies can’t prevent people from wearing masks if they want to.
There are some exceptions to the inner masking command, including:
-Children under 2 years old. Most children ages 2 to 8 can safely wear a mask with adult supervision.
-People who cannot safely wear a mask, such as someone who is disabled
-Workers in situations where a mask would create a risk to health, safety or work duty in the workplace
-Anyone who has been told by their medical provider not to wear a mask.
However, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health stressed that an underlying health condition is not an exemption in itself. For example, the department’s page on masking says that “most people with underlying medical conditions, including those with asthma, can and should wear a mask, unless instructed to do so by their doctor. Wearing a mask does not reduce a person’s oxygen supply or cause a build-up of carbon dioxide. ”