LA County lifting COVID-era mask requirement on mass transit

COVID-19-spurred mask mandates continue to ease in Los Angeles County as health officials announced on Thursday, Sept. 22, that face coverings will no longer be mandatory on buses, trains and other mass transit vehicles — as well as at travel hubs such as train and bus stations and airports — starting Friday.

The decision to wear face coverings will also be optional at cooling centers, correctional facilities and homeless shelters while indoors, as the county aligns with the new state guidance announced on Tuesday, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a livecast health briefing on Thursday.

Wearing masks to fend off the coronavirus is still “strongly recommended” in such settings, Ferrer said, but it will no longer be required.

The county will also lower its general indoor masking guidance from “strongly recommended” to “individual preference.”

This decision was based on the weekly case rate that has determined L.A. County to be in the “low” community COVID transmission level, according to CDC guidelines. In the past week, the rate has dropped steadily from 117 new cases to 98 new cases per 100,000 people on Thursday.

The weekly case rate’s slide to below 100 new cases per 100,000 people triggered changes to county policies, Ferrer said. And she expects the number to stay below 100.

“When we are in a low or medium community level, the indoor masking guidance of public transit will depend on the amount of virus circulating the community as measured by the weekly case rate,” said Ferrer, “if the case rate is below 100 as it is now, indoor masking will be strongly recommended.”

Masks, meanwhile, will continue to be required at healthcare and long-term care facilities.

Individual businesses and venues will also be permitted to require masks indoors if they choose to do so. People considered at higher risk of infection …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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