• Matt Esnayra

LB Health Dept won't bring its indoor mask mandate amid a surge

The Long Beach Health Department announced Tuesday that it won't realign its indoor masking policy with the rest of Los Angeles County Public Health but will continue to follow California Department of Public Health Covid guidelines.

The Man in the Cloth Mask:

In a statement, the city still encourages residents to “practice personal responsibility and common-sense measures,” by advising them to wear masks indoors and get tested after engaging in any social activities.

  • Keep this in mind: Long Beach, along with Pasadena, has its own Health Department.

  • COVID cases in Long Beach are within CDC’s medium transmission level, even though cases have been rising.

  • The Health Department continues to promote vaccinations, “people should get vaccinated and boosted when eligible. While the virus has infected vaccinated people, those who are vaccinated are far less likely to become seriously ill.”

But, but, but:

Masks are still required inside health care facilities, airports, public buses, prisons, and homeless shelters.

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