Los Angeles County Issues Mask Mandate for ‘Outdoor Mega Events’

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Los Angeles County has issued a mask mandate for what it calls ‘outdoor mega events.’

The mask mandate goes into effect on August 19 and affects any event with 10,000 or more attendees. SoFi Stadium is included in the mandate, so attendees there will have to mask up regardless of their vaccination status.

“Masks will now be required at all outdoor mega-events, regardless of vaccination status,” the official tweet reads. As the highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread, mask-wearing will reduce the risk of being infected with and transmitting COVID-19.”

Masks are required at all times except when actively eating or drinking. It is recommended that event operators verify vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test for all attendees. New York City is taking it to the extreme, requiring a COVID-19 vaccine card or digital copy for entry into restaurants, bars, nightclubs, or outdoor music festivals.

The number of businesses falling under the new NYC mandate include three dozen varieties of indoor setting. Businesses that don’t comply with the new policy could face a $1,000 fine.

San Francisco and New Orleans have also required gym and bar patrons to show proof of vaccination. The number of daily COVID-19 infections has doubled in the last two weeks, according to a Reuters report.

San Francisco’s mandate begins August 20 and requires proof of vaccination for attendees of indoor events of 1,000 or more. Meanwhile, Nashville’s Music City Center says mask requirements are up to event organizers.

“Event organizers may choose to mandate masks or face coverings, regardless of vaccination status,” says Heather Jensen, Music City Center’s Director of Communications. “Any such mandate will be communicated prior to the event, and all MCC visitors and staff in the occupied space must abide by the mandate for the duration of the event.”

The states with the worst COVID outbreak in the United States are centered around Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Many intensive care units in those states are being stretched to capacity with unvaccinated patients.

“Our frontline health care heroes are finding themselves stretched thin and physical and mental exhaustion is taking its toll,” says Florida Hospital Association President Mary Mayhew.

13 Responses

  1. Burt

    The economy is in shambles, Americans are dying trying to leave Kabul, BLM hatred is rampant, and L.A. worries about filthy face pampers that are proven to do nothing to stop covid.

    We are fucked if this is America.

    • Jennifer A.

      The economy is actually not in shambles. Take another look. Jobs are up, unemployment is down and the stock market (as well as various pillar industries) are strong.

      Americans were dying staying in Afghanistan for the past couple decades.

      BLM is not what you claim it to be. Look to the alt right hate groups, instead.

      LA is attempting to keep citizens safe and for some reason you feel that’s bad. Do your part to make things better as opposed to telling fake information.

      • Jeremy

        Inflation is out of control, retail sales are plunging, consumer confidence is at an all-time low, manufacturing is down, the stock market is plunging, and Biden and the leftists are leading us to economic ruin. All in 7 months.

        Biden had absolutely no plan for Kabul, and thousands are dying because of it. I guess you missed people clinging to jet planes then plunging to their deaths. Think of the Afghans that supported the US that Biden left to die because he had NO PLAN.

        If you believe BLM is anything but a racist criminal organization, you are stupid.

        Masks do nothing. There is not a single peer-reviewed study that confirms masks do ANYTHING to stop covid. L.A. is imposing political facewear for political purposes, just like Nazi Germany.

        • Idiot Detector

          Actually, you are incorrect on everything you stated.

          Inflation doesn’t start with the Biden administration. It begins well before. No mention of Trump and his wild spending with zero results or his grifting (leaving office with more gained wealth than any other previous president).

          As for the state of the economy, it is doing just fine. The stock market is actually up compared (not a key indicator, anyway). More people are employed, fewer people are on unemployment, consumer spending is up and more. Your claims are wrong, as usual.

          Afghanistan was started by Bush. It was a failed attempt from the beginning. Trump then cozied up to the Taliban, releasing the guy who is was in charge of the takeover and is leading them now. The exit was doomed from the beginning, yes, but the other choice was to stay even longer spending more money (already over $3T) and losing more lives (American and others). Your point is pointless.

          BLM is a group of protesters. Those who piggy-backed on the protests (gang members, white supremacist groups, alt right groups, etc.) were the ones who looted and caused mayhem.

          Masks do work. It is proved by a number of legitimate medical organization and well-respected research labs and universities. The fact that you keep repeating this lie and trying to make it stick is foolish and actually a tactic that Hitler used to gain power (speaking of a real tie-in to Nazis).

          Go do your research and stop repeating what Hannity and Fox New or Qnon tell you to say. You’re brain-washed bigly.

          • Ted

            You’re correct, but they don’t like facts. It’s tough for them to understand reality vs their skewed view of the world. Research and data are foreign words to them. Notice they haven’t provided any evidence of their claims? There’s a reason. There isn’t any.

    • Jennifer A

      They do nothing except prevent germs from flowing in mass quantities. masks are proven to reduce the exposure to this virus. Enjoy your illness, but don’t expect insurance to pay for it when you get sick if you haven’t done your part. And don’t take a hospital bed or staff from people who actually tried.

      • Jeremy

        There is not a SINGLE peer-reviewed study confirming this. Follow the science, toots.

        • Jennifer A

          Follow the science, exactly, and do your research to find the facts, as opposed to go with your assumptions. The scientific proof is out there through the CDC, Univ of Alabama, Kentucky dept of Public health, Stanford Medicine, Mayo Clinic and many, many more.

          I suppose when you sneeze, you don’t cover your nose/mouth? Why would you, right, since tissues wouldn’t help to catch any germs.

          Those who deny the obvious and proven are idiots.

          • Gerry

            Ignore him Jennifer. he likes to post contrarian garbage all the time under various names. Masks absolutely work.

      • Dr Benway

        Yezli and Otter (2011), in their review of the MID, point out relevant features:

        1. Most respiratory viruses are as infective in humans as in tissue culture having optimal laboratory susceptibility

        2. It is believed that a single virion can be enough to induce illness in the host

        3. The 50-percent probability MID (“TCID50”) has variably been found to be in the range 100−1000 virions

        4. There are typically 10 to 3rd power − 10 to 7th power virions per aerolized influenza droplet with diameter 1 μm − 10 μm

        5. The 50-percent probability MID easily fits into a single (one) aerolized droplet

        For further background:

        A classic description of dose-response assessment is provided by Haas (1993).

        Zwart et al. (2009) provided the first laboratory proof, in a virus-insect system, that the action of a single virion can be sufficient to cause disease.

        Baccam et al. (2006) calculated from empirical data that, with influenza A in humans,“we estimate that after a delay of ~6 h, infected cells begin producing influenza virus and continue to do so for ~5 h. The average lifetime of infected cells is ~11 h, and the half-life of free infectious virus is ~3 h. We calculated the [in-body] basic reproductive number, R0, which indicated that a single infected cell could produce ~22 new productive infections.”

        Brooke et al. (2013) showed that, contrary to prior modeling assumptions, although not all influenza-A-infected cells in the human body produce infectious progeny (virions), nonetheless, 90 percent of infected cell are significantly impacted, rather than simply surviving unharmed.

        All of this to say that: if anything gets through (and it always does, irrespective of the mask), then you are going to be infected. Masks cannot possibly work. It is not surprising, therefore, that no bias-free study has ever found a benefit from wearing a mask or respirator in this application.

        Therefore, the studies that show partial stopping power of masks, or that show that masks can capture many large droplets produced by a sneezing or coughing mask-wearer, in light of the above-described features of the problem, are irrelevant. For example, such studies as these: Leung (2020), Davies (2013), Lai (2012), and Sande (2008).