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For masks to work properly, they need to completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face and around the nose. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
7:50 am PDT June 29, 2021

To protect against the highly transmissible coronavirus Delta variant, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending everyone — including those who are fully vaccinated — to wear masks indoors in public places.

According to public health officials, in the week ending June 12, Delta variants comprised nearly half of all COVID-19 variants sequenced in the county. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that Delta variants are now responsible for about one in every five new infections across the country, up from approximately one in every 10 the week before,” according to a statement.

The new recommendation applies to:

  • Grocery or retail stores;

  • Theaters and family entertainment centers;

  • Workplaces when you don't know everyone's vaccination status.

Until there’s better understanding of how and to whom the Delta variant is spreading, “everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimum interruption to routine as all businesses operate without other restrictions, like physical distancing and capacity limits.”

People who are fully vaccinated appear to be protected from infections with Delta variants; those with only one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are not as well-protected.

On Monday, the Public Health Department confirmed 259 new cases of COVID-19 in the county and three new deaths.