California Will End Indoor Mask Mandate

A woman wears a face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus as she visits the Marrolles flea market in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Belgium reimposed an extended use of facemasks and mandatory remote work in an attempt to contain a new surge of COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said that the use of facemasks indoors would be lowered to the x-plus age group and that remote work would be made mandatory for all for x days in the 5-day workweek until Christmas. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

California will end its statewide indoor mask mandate on February 15.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the news Monday afternoon, citing a 65% decrease in California’s coronavirus case rate since the Omicron peak. 

The mandate went into effect on December 15, 2021 and was set to expire January 15, 2022. The mandate requires masks be worn in all indoor public settings, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. In the first week of January, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly extended the mandate through February 15 amid surging cases of the Omicron variant.

Now one question remains: which counties will follow suit? 

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