2021-10-08 01:42:01 San Francisco Will Ease Mask Mandate for Vaccinated People
San Francisco Will Ease Mask Mandate for Vaccinated People
San Francisco plans to relax face-mask requirements in certain situations, according to health officials, who announced the plan on Thursday. The change, which is set to go into effect on Oct. 15, is contingent on coronavirus cases and hospitalization rates remaining stable or declining.
People will be allowed to remove their masks in places such as offices, gyms, fitness centers, religious gatherings, and college classes if everyone in the room has been vaccinated and their status has been verified. The new rule only applies to gatherings of less than 100 people.
The employer or host is also responsible for ensuring proper ventilation, ensuring that there have been no recent Covid-19 outbreaks, and ensuring that no children under the age of 12 are present, among other safety precautions.
According to a New York Times database, California has one of the lowest rates of newly reported coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents. In San Francisco County, 74% of residents aged 12 and up are fully immunized.
“I’m excited that we’re once again at a point where we can begin easing the mask requirements,” Mayor London Breed said. “This is a direct result of the fact that we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, our cases have decreased, and our residents have done their part to keep themselves and those around them safe.”
On Twitter, Ms. Breed described the relaxed restrictions as “yet another milestone in our recovery” and stated that “the City feels like it is coming alive again.”
Indoor mask mandates continue to be in effect for the majority of other public settings, including retail stores and other common areas such as building elevators, lobbies, and restrooms, and are still required at bars and restaurants except when patrons are eating or drinking.
Since late August, proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test has been required to enter bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms, and large indoor events in San Francisco.
“Vaccines remain our path out of the pandemic, but masks have blunted the Delta-driven surge and protected our vital hospital capacity, while allowing businesses to remain open and children to return to school,” Dr. Susan Philip, the city and county’s health officer, said.