Seven Bay Area Counties, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, as well as the city of Berkeley, announced a face mask mandate that will require all residents to wear a face mask indoors in public settings, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. The order goes into effect Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Los Angeles and Sacramento counties are already under similar mask mandates. Once the Bay Area mask mandate takes effect, about half of Californians will be required to wear face masks indoors in public settings. According to the California Department of Health, more than 90 percent of the state's population resides in areas with “substantial or high transmission” of the Delta variant.
The Bay Area health order comes less than a week after California and the U.S. CDC recommended all residents where a mask indoors, even if you're vaccinated.
In the Bay Area, there are particularly high rates of transmission in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Solano counties.
Separately, New York City stopped short of implementing a similar indoor mask mandate. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that NYC was only “strongly” encouraging wearing face masks in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. De Blasio justified the city's decision to not implement a sweeping indoor mask policy given its focus on urging all residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, to slow the advance of the rapidly spreading delta variant.
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