COVID-19: California to reinstate mask mandate statewide

Black Friday shoppers wearing face masks line up to enter a store at Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif. On Friday, November 26, 2021.
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Sactamento, California: California to impose statewide mask warrant in all indoor public spaces as rates of COVID-19 cases skyrocket, Secretary of State for Health said on Monday and Social Services Mark Ghaly, as state officials take precautions against an increase in cases due to the Omicron Variant of the virus.

The mandate, which will take effect Wednesday and last for a month, is one of many steps the state has taken to slow a wave of infections that is already straining hospitals in areas with low vaccination rates. .

California’s COVID-19 infection rate has jumped 47% since Thanksgiving, to more than 14 cases per 100,000 people, Ghaly said on a call with reporters.

In addition to requiring masks, the state is tightening its testing requirements for unvaccinated people who wish to attend major events such as music festivals and professional ball games in which more than 1,000 people participate.

When the more stringent requirements are in effect, people wishing to enter these sites must either prove that they are vaccinated or show that they have tested negative on a COVID-19 antigen test within one day of the event. , or a PCR test within two days.

The state also recommends that all travelers to the state be tested for COVID-19 within three to five days of arrival, Ghaly said.

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