US: Mask mandate reinstated in San Francisco Bay Area amid surge in COVID-19 cases

The order applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status and starts on August 3.

Published: 03rd August 2021 12:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2021 12:55 AM   |  A+A-

In this Friday, March 5, 2021 file photo, a restaurant worker holds his face mask in Biloxi, Miss. On Friday, March 12, 2021.

Image used for representational purposes (File photo | AP)

By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO: Health officials in San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties announced Monday that they are reinstating a mask mandate for all indoor settings as COVID-19 infections surge because of the highly contagious delta variant.

The order applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status and starts on Tuesday.

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In line with guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control, California last week recommended that everyone wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, but stopped short of requiring it.

The announcement follows similar mandates in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Yolo counties.


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