Another Bay Area county prepares to soften mask mandate


Marin County health officials announced Friday that the county will join ashes Francisco the easing of indoor mask warrants in some settings next week if local COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rates continue to decline.

From October 15, vaccinated people could remove their masks from indoor environments such as gyms and offices if these conditions are met including the size of the group does not exceed 100 people, everyone is vaccinated, the army maintains a list everyone present. , and access to the activity is controlled and not open to the general public, the county public health department said.

The review of mask orders inside the county – which still applies to all residents, regardless of vaccination status, in more crowded settings such as supermarkets – would also include passenger car staff, religious settings and college classes.

“We’re not ready to lift the mandate across the board, but we’re in a good place to ease restrictions for safer environments.” County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said in a statement. “Science shows that when a whole group is vaccinated, the risk of infection is much lower.”

ashes Francisco announced Thursday that a similar change will be made to its mask mandate on October 15 if cases and hospitalizations continue to remain stable or decline.


The revised mandate comes on the heels of Navy and seven other counties – Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa – announced Thursday three criteria for when mask warrants can be lifted entirely.

First, a count must reach the “moderate” (yellow) level of case rate as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data tracker and stay there for three weeks. San Francisco is now at the “substantial” tier. “

Second, county health officers must determine that COVID-19 hospitals are “low and stable.”

Finally, 80% of a county’s total population must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or eight weeks ago since a COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11. As of Thursday, 75% of San Francisco’s population was completely vaccinated.

San Francisco and Navy are the only counties that introduce the new rules for gatherings of people who meet regularly.

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