California – Alameda County reinstated its indoor mask mandate starting Friday.
“Rising COVID cases in Alameda County are now leading to more people being hospitalized and today’s action reflects the seriousness of the moment,” Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said in a statement. “We cannot ignore the data, and we can’t predict when this wave may end. Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities.”
Masks will be required at Oakland Airport.
Via NBC Bay Area:
Alameda County is reinstating a mask requirement for most indoor public settings starting Friday, health officials announced Thursday.
The requirement will be in effect at most indoor public settings, including grocery stores and gyms, and aims to limit the impact of a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Students and staff at K-12 schools will not be required to wear masks under the order through the end of the 2021-2022 school year, according to the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, but they will be required in all other settings for children including summer school and youth programs.
The order will not apply to the city of Berkeley, which operates as its own local health jurisdiction. A spokesperson for the city did not respond when asked whether Berkeley will align with the county.