Los Angeles County announced Thursday afternoon that they are reintroducing their indoor mask mandate for residents regardless of vaccination status.
"The requirement will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on July 17," according to Fox News.
"We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in Los Angeles County, and waiting to do something will be too late, given what we’re seeing," LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said during a virtual briefing.
"The mandate means customers will again be required to mask up when entering any indoor public establishment, including retail shops, grocery stores, bars, clubs, restaurants and workplaces. Davis said indoor dining will remain open, but customers will have to remain masked while they are not eating or drinking," Fox 11 reports.
Critics were quick to point out that the messaging of this reimposed mask mandate may lead to even more vaccine hesitancy.
"We took a chance in terms of lifting the physical distancing requirements as well as the capacity limits. We changed the masking at the time. We felt it was reasonable to do given the level of community transmission that we had at that moment. But this is not the same situation. We’re in a very different situation. This is not the same as what it was June 15," Davis said.