Los Angeles is sparking press controversy and criticism for its new COVID policy.
Los Angeles public health officials made headlines this week for doing something many on the right feared all along.
The local leaders have now asked that residents wear masks once again, even if they are vaccinated.
Yes, even vaccinated people are now being asked to mask up.
“With increase circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) strongly recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precautionary measure,” said the Los Angeles County Public Health officials. “In the week ending June 12, Delta variants comprised of nearly half of all variants sequenced in Los Angeles County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that Delta variants are now responsible for about one in every five new infections across the country, up from approximately one in every 10 the week before.”
The request asks for max wearing until they can better understand new variants with is clearly an indefinite period of time.
“Public Health strongly recommends people wear masks indoors in settings such as grocery or retail stores; theaters and family entertainment centers, and workplaces when you don’t know everyone’s vaccination status,” they added. “Until we better understand how and to who the Delta variant is spreading, everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimum interruption to routine as all businesses operate without other restrictions, like physical distancing and capacity limits.”
The news comes right after another controversial news story involving San Francisco where critics went after the city for requiring all government employees to be vaccinated.
Now, though, Los Angeles is the one raising eyebrows.
“We send our deepest condolences to everyone who is mourning a loved one or friend who has passed away from COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “While COVID-19 vaccine provides very effective protection preventing hospitalizations and deaths against the Delta variant, the strain is proving to be more transmissible and is expected to become more prevalent. Mask wearing remains an effective tool for reducing transmission, especially indoors where the virus may be easily spread through inhalation of aerosols emitted by an infected person.”