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State's indoor mask mandate to expire for most vaccinated residents

Newsom says state will still require masks indoors for unvaccinated people

California will roll back its mask requirement next week for vaccinated residents in most indoor spaces, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The state implemented the mandate in mid-December as COVID-19 cases began to spike due to the highly infectious omicron variant, requiring residents to wear a mask in public indoor settings regardless of their vaccination status.

The mandate, which had an initial end date of Jan. 15, was then extended to Feb. 15. Newsom announced in a Twitter post that the state will let the mask requirement lapse on Feb. 15 as planned.

"(California's) case rate has decreased by 65% since our omicron peak," Newsom said. "Our hospitalizations have stabilized across the state."

California is currently confirming an average of 103.7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

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At the peak of the omicron surge, the state was reporting nearly 300 new cases per 100,000 residents. That figure was also likely an undercount, public health officials have argued, because of the availability of at-home tests, results of which are not included among official case counts.

Mask requirements are expected to remain in place for indoor public settings like grocery stores across much of the Bay Area once the statewide mandate expires.

In addition, masks will still be required for all residents in health care facilities, homeless shelters and public transit.

Unvaccinated residents will still be required to wear a mask indoors at all times, as they have been since the state lifted most of its COVID-related restrictions last June.

Prior to Dec. 15, when the mandate began, roughly half of California residents lived in a county that did not have a blanket requirement to wear a mask indoors.

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State's indoor mask mandate to expire for most vaccinated residents

Newsom says state will still require masks indoors for unvaccinated people

by Eli Walsh / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Mon, Feb 7, 2022, 6:38 pm

California will roll back its mask requirement next week for vaccinated residents in most indoor spaces, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The state implemented the mandate in mid-December as COVID-19 cases began to spike due to the highly infectious omicron variant, requiring residents to wear a mask in public indoor settings regardless of their vaccination status.

The mandate, which had an initial end date of Jan. 15, was then extended to Feb. 15. Newsom announced in a Twitter post that the state will let the mask requirement lapse on Feb. 15 as planned.

"(California's) case rate has decreased by 65% since our omicron peak," Newsom said. "Our hospitalizations have stabilized across the state."

California is currently confirming an average of 103.7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.

At the peak of the omicron surge, the state was reporting nearly 300 new cases per 100,000 residents. That figure was also likely an undercount, public health officials have argued, because of the availability of at-home tests, results of which are not included among official case counts.

Mask requirements are expected to remain in place for indoor public settings like grocery stores across much of the Bay Area once the statewide mandate expires.

In addition, masks will still be required for all residents in health care facilities, homeless shelters and public transit.

Unvaccinated residents will still be required to wear a mask indoors at all times, as they have been since the state lifted most of its COVID-related restrictions last June.

Prior to Dec. 15, when the mandate began, roughly half of California residents lived in a county that did not have a blanket requirement to wear a mask indoors.

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Nicki
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Jensen Tract
on Feb 8, 2022 at 12:53 pm
Nicki, Jensen Tract
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on Feb 8, 2022 at 12:53 pm

Does this apply to Pleasanton and all of Alameda county?


Pleasanton Parent
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 8, 2022 at 8:37 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Feb 8, 2022 at 8:37 pm

Newsom is so brave, he tested his policy at the nfc playoffs before even releasing it to the public. Such a hero.

Where’s Pelosi, Bauer-khan, and Swalwell calling for his hypocrisy and resignation…..I hate politicians


Jack
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Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2022 at 11:10 pm
Jack, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 8, 2022 at 11:10 pm

This is so ridiculous. A good portion of the people that aren't vaccinated are not going to wear masks anyway, so this is just a recipe for more infections. Everyone should be required to wear masks when they are in a place of business, whether it's a store, restaurant, salon, etc. That's the only way to ensure that we can get closer to ending this pandemic.


Rich K.
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Birdland
on Feb 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm
Rich K., Birdland
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on Feb 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm

@Jack

"The science has changed" say those who have been pushing the use of virtually useless masks for two years now. The fact is the science has not changed; studies have shown for almost as long that the masks don't do much. What has changed is that most people are fed up with being told what to do, the flip-flopping requirements (don't wear masks, wear masks, wear two masks...), the hypocrisy of the ruling elite, and attempts to force everyone to take a vaccine that doesn't work as promised. Keep wearing your mask, if it makes you feel better, but stop telling others what they have to do. The pandemic is ending on its own.


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