LA County Imposes Mask Mandate on Public Transportation and Airports

Anyone traveling in Los Angeles County by public transport will again be required to mask up. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued the following statement:

“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 continue to be required.” 

The order takes effect at 12:01 am on Friday, April 22nd. The order includes all people aged 2 and older to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The Blaze reports, “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.”

This new order shows a discrepancy between the county and the state. The California Department of Public Health lifted the order for masks on public transportation on Wednesday. The state still “highly recommended” people wear masks on public transit and in transportation hubs.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, “As soon as CDC determined that it was important to keep this masking requirement in place, we went ahead and aligned with the CDC.”

Los Angeles’s new order means people flying into LAX may be unmasked during their flight, but required to mask as they enter the terminal. 

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