California State Public Health Leaders Say Mask Mandate Ends Feb. 15

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On Monday, California announced it would end its statewide indoor mask mandate on Feb. 15, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office. However, unvaccinated people will still need to wear masks in indoor public places.


Here is the state press release

SACRAMENTO – As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve across California and Omicron’s surge subsides, the temporary measures put in place by the state will expire in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 cases and the rate of community transmission have steadily declined across the state since early January, and hospitalizations are plateauing or declining in most parts of the state. Since California’s peak during the Omicron surge, the state has seen a 65% decrease in case rates.

Additional visit requirements that came into effect on January 7 for long-term care facilities will expire today

. Definitions for indoor and outdoor mega events will return to pre-surge guidance (500-1,000 attendees for indoor events and 5,000-10,000 attendees for outdoor events) after Feb. 15.

Indoor masking requirement will expire after Feb. 15 and revert to previous guidelines which requires the wearing of masks for unvaccinated people in all indoor public places and the wearing of masks compulsory for all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, in high-risk settings such as public transport and collective dwellings . Workplaces will continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention standards defined by CalOSHA.

The state continues to work with education, public health, and community officials to update masking requirements in schools to adapt to changing conditions and keep children safe, teachers and staff.

Additional adjustments to state policies will be shared in the coming week.

“Omicron has loosened its grip on California, vaccines for children under 5 are imminent, and access to COVID-19 treatments is improving,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH director and lead state public health. “With things moving in the right direction, we are making responsible changes to COVID-19 prevention measures, while continuing to develop a longer-term plan of action for the state.”

Additional information on visiting conditions can be found here:

Letter from all CDPH facilities

CDSS Provider Information Notice

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