All Bay Area Counties Lift Indoor Mask Mandates

People wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus walk through the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Update: March 1, 2022

Santa Clara County, the only Bay Area county with an indoor mask mandate, will drop the rule Wednesday.

Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced the decision Tuesday, noting she still recommends masks in certain indoor settings because there are people still at risk and long COVID is a concern.

In addition to indoor mandates ending, starting March 12, masks will no longer be required at any California school.

Update: February 16, 2022:

Mask mandates are officially lifted in all Bay Area counties except one.

As of 12:01am on Wednesday, February 16, fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask indoors.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced California will lift its indoor mask mandate on February 15.

Newsom’s decision allows individual counties to choose whether or not they will lift mask mandates.

On Wednesday morning, all Bay Area counties except one said they will follow in Newsom’s footsteps. Starting February 16, the following counties will end their mandate for most indoor public settings:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • City of Berkeley

Santa Clara is the only Bay Area County that will keep the stricter mask regulations in place.

“Currently we are emerging from the omicron surge and it’s been about a month since the peak and our cases and our case rates are 40 percent of what they were,” Santa Clara Health Director Dr. Sara Cody said. ” But we still have very high levels of community transmission, still higher than at any other point in the pandemic pre omicron. And so the risk of being exposed to someone with COVID in our community is still high.”

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