7 SF Bay Area counties recommend – but don’t require

The Department of Public Health in seven Bay Area counties and a city giving notice Friday morning recommended that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public places as COVID-19 cases can spread across the region because of the highly contagious delta variant.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marine, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and the city of Berkeley provide a joint statement: “Out of an abundance of precautions, people are recommended to wear indoor masks in settings such as supermarkets or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated as an added layer of protection for non – vaccinated residents have adopted universal masking requirements for customers entering the indoor area of ​​their business to provide better protection for employees and customers. “

This news comes after Sacramento and Yolo counties released the same volunteer policy earlier this week and Los Angeles County reinstated a mandatory mask requirement for indoor public spaces starting Saturday. It also comes as the state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to say that people who get vaccinated generally don’t need to wear masks.

The delta variant of the coronavirus accounted for 43% of all COVID-19 sequenced specimens in California in June, according to the statement. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the delta variant is responsible for 58% of new infections across the country.

“We are asking our residents to collectively come together again in this effort to stem the rising cases until we can assess how our hospital capacity will be affected,” said San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip.

Solano and Napa counties were not part of the joint advisory.

Napa and Solano counties told SFGATE by email ahead of today’s announcement that public health departments will continue to align with state guidelines and monitor cases and hospitalizations.

“Napa County will not be more restrictive than the state council,” Napa County spokeswoman Danielle Adams wrote. “Although Napa County has had more cases, hospital admissions are still low. We will continue to monitor cases with hospital admissions.”

Solano County said in an email “Solano Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and remove barriers to the vaccination by focusing on low-income neighborhoods and partnering with community organizations.” “Vaccinating as many people as possible, as soon as possible, is our best defense against COVID-19, the delta variant and the harm it can do to our communities.”

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