Health workers from the counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo and Sonoma and the city of Berkeley announced the decision at a joint briefing on Monday, joining similar mandates in the counties of Los Angeles, Sacramento and Yolo who require masks inside.
The restored order affects more than 7 million Bay Area residents and will go into effect at 12:01 am Tuesday.
The new order means that nearly half of California’s population will now be under a mask warrant, regardless of their vaccination status.
“Indoor masking is a temporary measure that will help us deal with the Delta variant, which is causing a sharp increase in cases, and we know that an increase in hospitalizations and deaths will follow,” said Dr Naveena. Bobba, Acting San Francisco Health Officer.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards temporarily reinstated a statewide mask mandate on Monday for all people 5 years of age and older while indoors and in public. The order goes into effect Wednesday.
“It has become extremely clear that our current recommendations are not strong enough to deal with the fourth wave of Covid in Louisiana,” said Edwards. “In fact, no one should mistakenly believe this is just another flare-up. We’ve had three already, it’s the worst we’ve had so far.”
San Francisco is also experiencing its fourth wave of Covid-19 cases, which are increasing at a faster rate than the previous three and even infecting those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Director of Health Dr Grant said on Friday. Colfax.
The group of health workers urges all residents 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. About 63% of California’s nearly 40 million people have been fully immunized, according to CDC data.