Masks are once again required when traveling though Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after LA County reimposed mandatory masking across all public transportation hubs.
After Less Than A Week, Mandatory Masking Returns To LAX
While masks are not required onboard flights, the moment you step off the plane at LAX, masks are once again required.
The countywide health order by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health covers:
- ride-share services (Uber/Lyft)
It went into effect at midnight this morning, Friday, April 22, 2022.
Public health officials said the move was made on the basis of recommendations from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer explained:
“They are experts. They made a determination that at this point having that requirement in place is necessary for the public’s health, and that resonates with us.”
Why only LA County? Ferrer said Los Angeles was forced to act to protect itself.
“While it would be much preferable to have … a requirement that covers the entire country, until the legal challenges are addressed, it’s important that local jurisdictions take direction from the CDC on what measures are needed to protect the public health.”
Ferrer further noted the extended mask mandate would be revisited once L.A. County’s community coronavirus transmission drops to “moderate” or when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends obligatory indoor masking in transportation.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department is appealing a judicial decision earlier this week that ruled the mask mandate was unlawful (but oddly has not asked for an emergency stay blocking the order of the district court which vacated the mask mandate).
Los Angeles County has reimposed a mask mandate at LAX airport and at all transit hubs. I’ll be flying home tonight and will see first-hand if the public is willing to go along with the reimposed mask mandate at LAX.