Santa Clara County Joins Rest of Bay Area in Ditching Indoor Mask Mandate; the reminder is no longer necessary for large events

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Masks are now optional in Santa Clara County. The county joined the rest of the Bay Area on Wednesday in relaxing mask rules.

There were happy people at 24 Hour Fitness in San Jose.

“I’m happy about it. I feel good. I can train and not choke,” Daniel Gonzalez said.

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The CEO says there has been a lot of anticipation among its members leading up to that day.

“They talk about it every day. They ask about it every day. They’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. We see masks thrown in the air like graduation hats because everyone was so excited to take off their masks,” Dwayne Jones said.

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The county health officer says masks are still recommended indoors, and there were still plenty of people working out and grocery shopping in masks.

“It reassures me because I don’t know the status of others, whether they are vaccinated or not. It reassures me a little. Besides, I haven’t had a cold or flu for two years, so something works “San Jose resident Neil Tiwari said as he walked to a Whole Foods Market wearing a mask.

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The San Jose City Council also voted to eliminate another COVID restriction: the callback requirement. A booster shot will no longer be necessary for a big event like a concert or a professional match.

Santa Clara’s Brandon Fortunati said that although he’s boosted, he has no problem with dropping that requirement at this time.

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“I think it’s time for us to gradually get back to normal and things to get back to normal.”

According to state rules, masks must always be worn on public transportation, in schools and in other high-risk areas.

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