Well. That didn’t take long.
Barely 72 hours after the CDC’s mask mandate was ruled unlawful and the Biden Administration (temporarily) backed down on its efforts to keep people masked while traveling, Los Angeles County basically said, “Not so fast.”
The county issued a new order Thursday afternoon affecting certain shared transportation vehicles and hubs — including airports such as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood-Burbank (BUR).
So, if you plan to fly in one of those airports, you might want to keep a mask handy. (Even the State of California gave up on mask mandates for transit.)
“Public Health is issuing Health Officer Order to note that masking in all public transit within LA County and in LA County indoor transportation hubs continues to be required,” the statement reads.
“Per the revised Order, masking continues to be required to be worn by everyone, 2 years of age and older, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, on public transit within the County. This includes wearing masks on commuter trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares. Masking continues to be also required in indoor transportation hubs including airport and bus terminals, train and subway stations, seaport or other indoor port terminals, or any other indoor area that serves as a transportation hub.”
Notice that airplanes aren’t expressly mentioned. So, I guess once you board a plane, you can take off your mask if you wish?
But as KTLA News’ Sareen Habeshian points out, “LAX…announced (this week) it would no longer be enforcing the use of masks, and neither will several major airlines. L.A. Metro, LADOT, DASH buses, Amtrak, Metrolink…all said they, too, would drop the mandate earlier this week.”
Daily new COVID cases and deaths in LA County have doubled since last weekend. (When masks were still mandated.)
So, perhaps we’ll see a showdown between the airports, bus stations, and the county. Stay tuned, folks.
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