By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: California Governor Gavin Newsom (Information):
California: Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the indoor statewide mask mandate will expire on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 for vaccinated people, but unvaccinated people will still need to wear masks indoors.
This is due to a rapidly falling coronavirus cases, including case rate in California had decreased by 65% since our Omicron peak.
Officials with the California Health and Human Services said that after next Tuesday, unvaccinated people still will be required to be masked indoors, and everyone — vaccinated or not — will have to wear masks in higher-risk areas like public transit and nursing homes and other congregate living facilities.
Local governments can continue their own indoor masking requirements.
Officials with the California Health and Human Services said that indoor “mega-events” with more than 1,000 people will have to require vaccinations or negative tests for those attending and those who are unvaccinated will be required to wear masks.
For outdoor events with more than 10,000 people, officials with the California Health and Human Services said there is no vaccination requirement but masks or negative tests are recommended.
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration brought back the masking mandate in mid-December 2021 as omicron gained momentum and last month extended the requirement through on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022.
Last week, California passed 80,000 pandemic deaths and 8 million confirmed positive cases but new cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions all continued falling Monday and are projected to keep declining at a rapid clip.
Before resuming the masking requirement in December 2021, California had lifted the requirement for people who were vaccinated as of Tuesday, June 15th, 2021, a date that California Governor Gavin Newsom had described then as the state’s grand reopening.
However, many counties soon reinstituted local mask orders as the summer delta surge took hold.
Officials with the California Health and Human Services said that more changes to the state’s policies will be released in the coming week.