Bay Area counties issue strong recommendation for indoor masking as COVID cases increase, even for vaccinated

Bay Area counties issue strong recommendation for indoor masking as COVID cases increase, even for vaccinated

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and the city of Berkeley recommend indoor masking for all as a precaution against the increased circulation of COVID-19.

Officials say people of an abundance of caution are advised to wear masks indoors in settings such as grocery or retail stores, theaters and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated. Companies are encouraged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering their company’s indoor areas. Health officials say workplaces must comply with Cal / OSHA requirements, and fully vaccinated employees are encouraged to wear masks indoors if their employer has not confirmed vaccination status for those around them.

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Bay Area health officials said they will resume this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths and rising vaccination rates across the region.

The group that put together this message is called the Bay Area Coalition. As you may remember, it was a term used in the early days of the pandemic where the Bay Area health departments met to coordinate their rules on things like masking, business restrictions, etc. But that group eventually disbanded – as individual counties began to act independently we got the colored system.

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While this guide does not impose masking as health officials in Los Angeles County, we do hear reports from several counties like Marin already reporting an increase in cases. Not to mention the vaccination rates as a state has declined significantly in the last month. Still sitting about 60% of Californians vaccinated with at least one dose.

In June, Delta variants accounted for 43% of all cases in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that Delta variants are now responsible for 58% of new infections across the country.

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