Although most B-Area counties are far from meeting the standards set by health officials to meet mask requirements starting Friday, vaccinators in San Francisco and Marin County do not need them in indoor settings. Will be.
And Contra Costa County plans to join them on November 1. Partial lifting applies to gyms, fitness centers, office settings, employee vehicles, religious gatherings and college classes where more than 100 people attend. Not everyone is vaccinated. This means children under the age of 12 who can’t take shots yet.
“Those who have been vaccinated will feel safe removing their masks in the office and while they are working out in the gym,” Dr. Chris Fernitano, a Contra Costa County health officer, said Thursday. “Of course, people in these places can keep wearing masks if they feel more comfortable.”
Limiting the mask principle was a welcome change in Glenn Shop, owner of MX3 Fitness in San Francisco.
“It’s definitely beneficial because it’s so easy to work on high-intensity things without a mask,” said Shop. “It is the responsibility of gym owners and trainers to continue to enforce the mask protocol, to remind people to put the mask on their nose and mouth, to apply it after drinking and hydrating. It is up to our members to do this. It also indicates that it is safe to go to the gym again.
The easing of the mask rule comes when most counties in the B area are out of reach. The standard they set last week. To allow vaccinated people to take off their masks in most indoor public settings, including in grocery and retail stores and restaurants and bars when they do not eat or drink.
Under these standards, nine county health officials agreed, the county’s need for an indoor mask for the vaccine could be reduced by three weeks after the county’s COVID-19 transmission rate reaches the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Yellow “moderate” status At least 80 percent of the county’s population should also be fully vaccinated, and hospital admissions rates should be low and stable.
Of the nine counties in the Bay Area, only the Marines appear to be close to meeting these standards. It reached the CDC’s moderate transmission rate on Wednesday, putting it on track to leave the indoor mask roll next month if it stays there. Hospital admissions are low and 77.4 percent of the county’s population has been fully vaccinated, the CDC said, with the highest Bay Area rate.
Most Bay Area County CDCs have orange “coffee” transmission tires, while Napa has a red “high” level. Solano County did not join others in re-imposing its internal mask requirements in August.
San Francisco was the first to announce the elimination of the need for masks. Asked why Santa Clara County was not planning a similar exemption, Health Officer Dr. Sarah Cody noted. Vaccine passport is required in San Francisco. Restaurants, bars, jams, clubs, large indoor events or other indoor venues that serve food and drink, and Santa Clara County does not enter.
Cody said last week, “We’ve always tried to keep the rules in Santa Clara County as simple as possible for the public to understand.”
In Marine and Contra Costa counties, however, vaccine passports are not as common as in San Francisco. But Santa Clara, San Mateo and Sonoma County officials said Thursday they have no plans to abandon mask principles such as San Francisco, Marin and Contra Costa. Almeida and Napa County officials did not respond.
Sonoma County spokesman Matt Brown said: “Our case rates and hospital admissions rates are very high, and our vaccination rates are still very low to carry out the Max Mandate, and we have potentially bad winter weather. Going to. “
The indoor mask exceptions allowed on Friday will not apply to places such as restaurants and bars, except for patrons who eat and drink, even in San Francisco where they require vaccination to enter. After that Last month, he criticized dancing without a niqab. At a city bar, San Francisco Mayor London Brad responded that she would not take off her mask immediately after taking a sip to appease the “entertainment police”.
Transmission rates have been declining since August when the heat wave of infection was triggered by a highly contagious delta variant of the virus, thanks to a combination of increased immunity from vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, and control of spread. Steps to speed up the rules of the mask
Nevertheless, on a statewide basis, the virus remains active. Most U.S. states remain at high CDC transmission levels, with only California, Florida, Alabama, Hawaii and Connecticut having moderate rates.
Federal and state health officials said in May and June that the vaccine does not require wearing a mask indoors, which proved to be a premature reopening guide that failed to factor in the growing Delta threat. Although the chances of being vaccinated, hospitalized or dying from the virus are low, the CDC acknowledged in the summer that they can still catch and spread it, and that those who had shots It is advisable to wear a mask where the transmission rate is high or high.
California recommended indoor masks for everyone, and eight Bay Area counties placed an order in early August.
Even when local orders fall, federal and. State laws People will still need to wear masks regardless of public transport, K-12 school buildings, homeless shelters, and health care, care for the elderly, and correctional facilities. State orders require the wearing of non-protective masks, including in retail stores, theaters, family entertainment centers and government buildings.