California is Reinstating an Indoor Mask Mandate
The mandate will go into effect on Wednesday
California will once again require residents to wear masks in indoor public settings everywhere in the state, amid uncertainty surrounding the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant and rising case rates as the holidays approach.
The mandate will go into effect on Wednesday and will remain until at least Jan. 15, state officials said on Monday. The state will also require unvaccinated people attending so-called mega-events to show proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result from within a day, if it’s an antigen test, and within two days for a P.C.R. test, and formally recommended that travelers returning to California get tested within a few days of their arrival.
"We know people are tired and hungry for normalcy," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state's secretary of health and human services, to reporters.
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