San Francisco Updates Mask Guidelines

A student takes off his mask while eating breakfast in the cafeteria amid the COVID-19 pandemic at Washington Elementary School Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. California is making it easier for school districts to hire teachers and other employees amid staffing shortages brought on by the latest surge in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco will ease mask requirements. On Thursday, city officials announced local health changes due to the decreasing cases in COVID-19.

“With 82% of our residents fully vaccinated, we are once again at a place where we can ease the mask requirements.” Tweet Breed.


Starting February 1, people may remove their masks in the following areas if everyone is fully vaccinated and boosted if eligible:

  • Offices
  • Gyms
  • other “stable cohorts” 

“As we come out of this latest surge and face a future in which COVID-19 will remain among us, San Francisco will take a balanced approach in our response to COVID-19 by aligning with state requirements and guidelines where we can do so safely,” said Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip.

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