The spike in COVID cases, particularly the Delta variant, is triggering indoor mask mandates — even for the vaccinated. 

In California, Six more counties are urging residents to wear masks in indoor public settings amid concerning upticks in coronavirus cases and continued circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant.

The latest recommendations from Santa Barbara, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Ventura raise to 17 the number of counties now asking even fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings as a precaution while inside places like grocery stores, movie theaters and retail outlets. 

So far, only one — Los Angeles County — has gone a step further and mandated that masks be worn in such settings. The city of Pasadena, which has its own independent health department, said it would do likewise later this week, according to the Los Angeles Times

Las Vegas workers are being required to wear masks indoors, but not tourists. 

And Apple has delayed its return to work plans because of the variant. 

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