California Will Mandate Indoor Masks Starting This Wednesday
According to KTLA5, California will require indoor masking once again starting Wednesday, following a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases since Thanksgiving, health officials announced Monday.
“The new mandate will be in effect from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in a briefing Monday. While masking was previously a recommendation statewide — except in certain indoor spaces like public transit and schools, where it was required — it will now be a requirement in all indoor settings.
Los Angeles County and most of the San Francisco Bay Area already have their own indoor mask mandates, which were implemented in the summer, but the new order will affect nearly half the state’s population, including San Diego and Orange counties, the Inland Empire, the Central Valley and rural Northern California.
The daily COVID-19 case rate has gone up 47% since Thanksgiving two weeks ago. Previously, the number stood at about 9.6 cases per 100,000 people, and as of Monday, it was around 14 cases per 100,000 people.”