LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — California public health officials Wednesday aligned with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that recommends everyone wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
The announcement by the California Department of Public Health is only a recommendation, not a mandate.READ MORE: Police Pursuit Ends With Crash, 3 Arrests Thursday In Hollywood
“The Delta variant has caused a sharp increase in hospitalizations and case rates across the state,” Dr. Tomas J. Aragon, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a statement. “We are recommending masking in indoor public places to slow the spread while we continue efforts to get more Californians vaccinated.”READ MORE: Water Main Break Closes Part Of La Cienega Boulevard In West Hollywood
Earlier this month, Los Angeles County revised its public-health order requiring everyone to wear masks in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.
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