New mask mandate seems imminent for LA as BA.5 infections rise

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A woman wears a surgical mask while attending a festival at Echo Park Lake, July 10, 2022. As BA.5 rapidly spreads through LA, USC Professor Paula Cannon recommends that Angelenos keep masking up. Photo by Amy Ta.

As the ultra-contagious BA.5 Omicron subvariant sweeps through LA, the county is poised to issue a new universal mask mandate for indoor spaces by the end of July.