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California To Lift Indoor Mask Mandate, But Los Angeles Will Not

The county’s goal matches the recommendations issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that vaccinated people in indoor public settings wear masks when there are 50 or more cases a week for every 100,000 residents; for L.A. County, this would mean 730 cases a day.
Shoppers navigate Santee Alley in downtown Los Angeles. The state is set to ease mask restrictions next week, but L.A. County will continue to take a more cautious approach.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Shoppers navigate Santee Alley in downtown Los Angeles. The state is set to ease mask restrictions next week, but L.A. County will continue to take a more cautious approach.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County is probably weeks away from lifting its indoor mask mandate, and at the latest could ease the order by the end of April — unless a new coronavirus variant poses a threat.

There are two triggers that could result in L.A. County easing its indoor mask mandate, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Tuesday.

The first is the county entering a “moderate” rate of transmission, in which cases fall below 730 a day for two consecutive weeks, Ferrer said.

“We anticipate being able to get to ‘moderate’ transmission — if we can continue to drive down the rates, as we are right now on our cases — within a few weeks. But we’re not there yet,” Ferrer said at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

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