Why LA company wants employees to mask themselves ‘indefinitely’ as Delta variant rises

In Los Angeles, county health officials are now “strongly” recommending that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of the virus.

The county suggests that people use them in large groups like grocery or retail stores, theaters and other places where people’s immunization status is unknown. Because verification is difficult, some places continue to require their frontline workers to wear masks – such as With Love Market and Cafe, where founder and operator Andrew McDowell told his staff last week that they will wear their masks. masks “indefinitely”.

During the worst days of COVID-19, between supporters and opponents of public health policy, especially in epicenters like California and New York. Local businesses, which are already struggling to adjust to post-pandemic life, now have another pill to swallow.

“The goal for us is really to know what are the things we need to put in place to make sure our staff are safe and staff are safe. [is] will mean a safer customer [s]McDowell told Yahoo Finance Live this week.

“If we keep changing and yoyoing it will be a challenge for us,” he added. “We just have to do our best, to be sure and consistent, and wait for that. There is no reason to rush.

Monday’s recommendation came just two weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom reopened California and lifted the statewide mask mandate. However, the World Health Organization has said those vaccinated should continue to wear masks, noting the spread of the Delta variant.

Still, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention no longer calls on those vaccinated to wear masks in most indoor environments. Los Angeles County – – felt the need to publish the new guidelines given the rate of spread in the area.

However, it also puts business owners, who have been caught off guard, in a bind as they navigate public health and can potentially irritate customers.

“If they feel comfortable and know how to keep their distance from people, then we can encourage people to obey the current guidelines,” McDowell added. “And if they don’t, we’re not going to force them out.”

The recommendation from the Ministry of Health extended only to wearing face coverings. The agency has not advised companies to reinstate additional safeguards such as keeping guests six feet away.

At McDowell Cafe, he noticed that customers are more likely to wear masks again following county recommendations.

“People have started wearing them again the entire time they’re here,” McDowell said. “[Even] outside, when they have a coffee or a sandwich.

The Delta variant is considered to be much more contagious than previous mutations in the COVID-19 virus and could potentially make patients seriously ill.

However, research shows that people who are fully vaccinated always seem to be protected against the new strains. While vaccination rates vary widely across the Golden State, public health officials have refused to give a similar “mask” boost to residents of the state.

Dani Romero is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @daniromerotv

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