Thursday’s decision on indoor mask mandate for L.A. County expected

Los Angeles County officials are expected Thursday to make a decision on whether to reinstate the indoor mask mandate. 

In response to the summer surge in COVID-19 cases, which was fueled by the contagious Omicron subvariant, Friday would be the mandate.

The CDC has established criteria that health officials should use to make their decisions.

Los Angeles County Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned the public about an indoor mask mandate to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the county on July 14.

This mandate would be applicable to all indoor space users over the age 2

Many cities, including Beverly Hills and Pasadena Long Beach, as well as El Segundo, have announced that they will not enforce any county mandates.

“If this goes down again, and people are very much against it, we’re taking you know the chance of number one, businesses really considerably going down, and downhill fast. There’s no more PPP money to come in there to help them with this thing … And we’re also practically putting employees, some of them even our own kids, on the front lines of having to tell someone to put a mask on when they don’t want to,” El Segundo City Councilmember Lance Giroux said.

City of Beverly Hills denies it will enforce a mask mandate

Many people also attended local council meetings to voice their opinion about the possible mandate.

“The city cannot legitimately enforce such rules that would violate its constituents constitutional rights,”One woman spoke up. 

Recent data suggests that there is no need for a new indoor mandate.

L.A. County had a median of about 6,000 COVID-19 patients per day for the week as of Tuesday afternoon. This is 11% less than the previous week. Los Angeles Times reported.

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