By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom (Information):
California: Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the statewide indoor mask will no longer be require for unvaccinated individuals starting on Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.
This decision comes as a decline in COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations occurred across the west in California, Oregon and Washington.
In a statement, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that starting March 1, masks will no longer be required for unvaccinated individuals in California, but will be strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.
Policies in California don’t change federal requirements, which still include masks on public transit.
Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities.
Local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state guidance.
“California continues to adjust our policies based on the latest data and science, applying what we’ve learned over the past two years to guide our response to the pandemic. Masks are an effective tool to minimize spread of the virus and future variants, especially when transmission rates are high. We cannot predict the future of the virus, but we are better prepared for it and will continue to take measures rooted in science to keep California moving forward,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
More information is still coming in.