L.A. County directs Trader Joe’s, Costco and other chains not to relax mask rules

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This file photo captures the exterior of the original Trader Joe’s grocery store in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

L.A. County’s director of public health Monday said officials have been contacting a number of retail chains to emphasize that existing rules that require everyone to wear masks indoors in a store remain in effect in California.

The education effort came after the Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena posted a sign in front of its store on Friday that gave permission for vaccinated shoppers to enter its market without a mask — a policy that violates California mask orders.

“Our teams are out notifying all of the chains that have made announcements nationally that they would be relaxing their masking requirements” that California’s mandatory mask policy within stores statewide remains in effect, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

“Absolutely, masking requirements are in place here and all across California,” Ferrrer said. “So this is going to be pretty easy for businesses and customers, residents and visitors to understand — because there’s one standard for the whole state. And it requires that we continue to wear our masks until June 15,” Ferrer said.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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