News Alert: California: Schools throughout California will begin classes on Monday with statewide mask mandate no longer being require, but will be strongly recommended.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom (Information):

California: Schools throughout California will begin classes on Monday, March 13th, 2022 with the statewide mask no longer being require, but will be strongly recommended.

Back in late February 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the statewide mask mandate in schools will no longer be require starting on Saturday, March 12th, 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 after March 11, in schools and child care facilities, masks will not be required but will be strongly recommended.

In additional, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the states of California, Oregon and Washington will be adopting new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools.

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.

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