A Los Angeles County supervisor called on California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday to immediately lift the state’s mask mandate as some other states have following new federal guidance that fully vaccinated people can go most places without masks.
Kathryn Barger said Los Angeles County has made “tremendous progress” in vaccinating residents and noted the county’s positivity rate is less than 1%, the City News Service of Los Angeles reported.
“As we return to normalcy and rapidly increase vaccinations, I believe it is appropriate for CDPH (California Department of Public Health) and Cal-OSHA to change the existing distancing and masking requirements in alignment with the CDC,” Barger wrote in a letter to Newsom, referring to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She said the county would be committed to “sensible directives that still protect our recovery and prevent regression to high positive case rates.”
The county can’t ease its restrictions until the state does, Barger added.
NEW YORK AMONG STATES WAITING TO LIFT MASK MANDATE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE
Nearly 40% of Los Angeles County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the county health department. Also, across the state, 50% of residents have received one or both doses, according to The Los Angeles Times.
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