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LA County Makes 10 Day Travel Quarantine 'Mandatory'

Travelers wait in line to check in for an international flight Tuesday at LAX. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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L.A. County has long suggested that residents quarantine for 10-14 days, after traveling. But now they've made it official.

On Dec. 30, the county public health department issued a mandatory directive ordering anyone traveling from ourside the Southern California region to self-quarantine for 10 days.

This includes travel by air, bus or rail, in addition to "intermingling with non-household members."

The Southern California Region includes the following counties: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

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The directive specifies that this is a "furtherance" of the State’s Travel Advisory, which was released on Nov. 13 and advises Californians to avoid non-essential travel outside of their region.

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, spoke our newsroom's public affairs show, AirTalk, about the mandatory directive. He told host Larry Mantle that he thinks it's a good policy, but is concerned that it won't make a difference due to lack of enforcement.

"I think it's extremely difficult to enforce this," he said. "I don't think it's been adhered to in SF (which already has a similar order). Just personally, I've heard of lots of people traveling all during this time... I'm worried that it will just, again, be something that you can aspire to, but no one will end up doing it."


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