CDPH extends Mask Mandate as Omnicron cases surge
Based on CDPH guidelines, masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from December 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022. This update is due to the increasing prevalence of the Omnicron variant, which spreads much more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant.
According to the CDPH, “Over the last two weeks, the statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by more than sixfold and hospitalizations have doubled. While the percentage of Californians fully vaccinated and boosted continues to increase, we continue to have areas of the state where vaccine coverage is low, putting individuals and communities at greater risk for COVID-19. Given the current hospital census, which is over capacity, the surge in cases and hospitalizations has materially impacted California’s health care delivery system within many regions of the state. Staffing levels are also increasingly impacted by COVID-19 transmission in many critical sectors.”
For more information, visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx