Los Angeles County reintroduced its Monday to Indoor Mask weekend as confirmed cases of the Delta variant rose on the one-year anniversary of Gavin Newsom’s order closing many schools.
The mask mandate came into force at 23.59 Saturday.
On July 17, 2020, Newsom issued guidance for reopening of the school during the pandemic, stating that personal learning would only be allowed if a number of criteria were met. At that time, the vast majority of the state’s public and private k-12 schools did not meet the measures that would have enabled personal instruction to resume.
Critics of school closures noted that many families rely on the support of schools, including working parents. There has also been concern about disruptions in social development and children falling behind their school plans.
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In a Twitter post, Reopen California Schools said Sunday that Newsom’s decision would fall as “one of the darkest times in California and US history” when special interests over children were taken into account.
Republican Congressman Kevin Kiley, who is one of the candidates running in the recall to replace Newsom in September, said Newsom’s shutdown order did a lot of damage.
“You would be hard pressed to find any action from any governor who did more harm or for worse reasons,” he said.
A spokesman for Newsom did not return Fox News’ request for comment on the renewed criticism.
School closures were intended as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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As previously reported by Fox News, Los Angeles County officials announced last week that they would revive a mandate requiring masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status due to a “rapid rise” in Delta cases.
Approximately 4 million residents of Los Angeles have not been vaccinated.
California dropped its state mask mandate in June when the state reopened.
According to county data, the 7-day daily average positivity rate is 3.17%. About 1,635 new cases were reported as of Sunday.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that confirmed cases across the United States are also on the rise. The most recent seven-day moving average of daily new cases is 26,306, marking an increase of 69.3% compared to the previous 7-day moving average (15,541).