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Ventura County Reimposing Mask Mandate For All Indoor Public Places Regardless Of Vaccination Status

Noah Matteo
Ventura County is reimposing a full mask mandate to all indoor public spaces Monday night, to try to help stop the current COVID-19 surge.

Ventura County joins Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County with this safety effort intended to slow the current COVID-19 surge.

Ventura County is joining Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties in requiring the use of masks in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status.

County Public Health officials say there has been a 40% increase in the number of new diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the county in recent weeks. In its latest update, the county reported nearly 600 new cases over a three day period.

Officials hope the expanded use of masks indoors will help reduce the spread of additional cases. The new order goes into effect at 11:59 a.m. Monday night. It applies to businesses ranging from retail stores to restaurants to bars.

Businesses will again be charged with enforcing the mandate, and will be required to post signage at entrances to let people know masks are required.