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Masks off, California. 

As of today, California has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated residents, with the exception of Santa Clara county. 

Vaccinated residents can now shed their masks in restaurants, movie houses, and retail businesses. However, individual businesses can continue to request that patrons wear masks if locally preferred. 

Masks remain mandatory regardless of vaccination status in the following settings: 

-Public transit and transit hubs 

-Indoors at K-12 schools and in child care settings

-Emergency shelters 

-Homeless shelters

-Long-term care and adult and senior care facilities

-Healthcare settings

-Correctional facilities and detention centers

Regarding Santa Clara county, SFGate reports, “Santa Clara County Public Health Director Dr. Sara Cody said last week that while the omicron surge is subsiding, she believes the community transmission rate remains too high to stop requiring masking.” 

In spite of these concerns, public health officials anticipate that Santa Clara will follow suit within several weeks.

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Lydia Sviatoslavsky

Lydia Sviatoslavsky

Lydia Sviatoslavsky covers culture and curiosities for Bay City News and Broke-Ass Stuart. She publishes artist interviews and experimental writing at thought-rot.net. You can find her on Instagram at @rot_thought.

1 Comment

  1. February 17, 2022 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    …except for those of us who actually care about ourselves and those around us. We’ll keep our masks on, which will make us prepared for the next inevitable wave of this not-yet-over pandemic.

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