Los Angeles Reinstitutes Mask Mandate, is the Bay Area next?

File – In this May 20, 2021 file photo workers and customers wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic inside a shoe store, in Los Angeles. Coronavirus cases have jumped 500% in Los Angeles County over the past month and health officials warned Tuesday, July 13, 2021, that the especially contagious delta variant of the disease continues to spread rapidly among California’s unvaccinated population. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

Los Angeles County will reinstate indoor mask requirements indoors this Sunday, regardless of vaccination status, amid a rapid and sustained rise in COVID-19 cases. The alarming Delta variant contributed to returning to a mask mandate in the nation’s largest county.

One month after California’s long awaited reopening, Los Angeles begins to shut down. The back peddle could prompt other local health officials to follow suit, complicating the post-pandemic recovery narrative from Governor Gavin Newsom as he faces a September recall election. Will California counties bring COVID-19 protocols back? What does the future look like for the Bay Area?

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a national effort to fight misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines on Thursday, urging tech companies, health care workers, journalists and everyday Americans to do more to address a “serious public threat.”

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” said Dr. Muntu Davis at a virtual press conference about the new mask mandate.

Chip Franklin explains why masking up is coming back. Are you ready?

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