Five Bay Area Counties Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandates Amid Omnicron Surges

People work out at a gym in Manhattan, New York city on May 19, 2021. – Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will adopt the CDC’s new indoor mask and social distancing guidance for fully vaccinated people starting Wednesday. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) (Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images).

San Francisco and Sonoma counties joined Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties in suspending exemptions for the indoor mask mandate.

Starting on Thursday at midnight, these counties are aligning with the California Department of Public Health and requiring the wearing of face coverings in all indoor public places to stem the virus’ spread effectively through January 15, 2022.

That includes gyms, fitness centers, office settings, employee commuter vehicles, religious gatherings, college classes, and similar settings.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed adds “Thanks to our high vaccination rates we are in a much better place than last winter, but there is real danger out there for those who are unvaccinated. We will continue to focus on taking the steps necessary to deal with this latest surge of cases, while also keeping our businesses open and keeping our kids in school, which is so important for our young people and their families. Do your part and get yourself and your family boosted so we can all continue to protect each other in the weeks and months ahead.”

With the Omicron surge running rapid, California has seen increased COVID-19 numbers:

John Rothmann discusses below:

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