L.A. County reinstating indoor mask requirement regardless of vaccination status

The County of Los Angeles is re-instituting a mandate requiring residents to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, is part of an attempt by county health officials to stem an increase in COVID cases.(Getty Images)
The County of Los Angeles is re-instituting a mandate requiring residents to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, is part of an attempt by county health officials to stem an increase in COVID cases.(Getty Images)

The county of Los Angeles is re-instituting a mandate requiring residents to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The mandate, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, is part of an attempt by county health officials to stem an increase in COVID cases.

County officials reported more than 1,500 new infections Thursday, the seventh consecutive day that infections have topped 1,000 countywide.

"Anything is on the table if things continue to get worse," said Dr. Muntu Davis, the county's health officer, when asked if further restrictions were being considered.

According to the most recent figures from the Department of Public Health, among county residents age 16 and older, 69% have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 61% are fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged unvaccinated residents to get vaccinated.

“We have a pandemic among the unvaccinated. And I tell everybody, even if you had COVID, you’re either going to get COVID again or for the first time,” Garcetti told KNX.  “It’s your call. One of them kills and the other one doesn’t.”

The rate among Black residents, however, is only 45% with at least one dose, compared to 54% for Latino residents, 65% for white residents and 76% for Asians. Vaccination rates continue to be especially low among younger Black residents, with only 28% of those aged 18-29 vaccinated.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors are considering taking the coronavirus vaccine on the road to reach out to Black and Latino communities.

Garcetti said L.A. city is considering similar measures.