Bay Area mask mandates: Health officials release guidelines for ending restrictions

Health officers for the nine Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those orders. Separately from the other Bay Area jurisdictions, San Francisco announced today a...

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ChronicElectronic
ChronicElectronic
61 · 15 days ago · Reddit

80 percent of the jurisdiction’s total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (booster doses not considered) OR eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for five- to 11-year-olds.

We're at 75% of the city vaccinated. So we won't have the mask mandate removed until kids under 12 can get the shot. I don't see how else we get that extra 5% at this point.

smellgibson
smellgibson
58 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Man this is just getting so tired. The whole "be good for 3 more months and we will change it for you then!" thing is bullshit, especially since the last time they did that they rolled the mandates right back after like what, 2 months of no masks?

Covid sucks, and it is worth avoiding but this is like boarder line paranoia

Blue2200x
Blue2200x
42 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Still way too strict. I will continue not wearing mine in bars/​clubs like most of the state and country. Should just be as simple as no mask is required if everyone else is vaccinated.

spenrad
spenrad
30 · 14 days ago · Reddit

I'll tell you exactly what's going to happen. If we can reach these thresholds in about 6 weeks or so, that'll give us maybe 2 weeks of having mask restrictions lifted before we get another holiday surge and they reinstate masks, have fun y'all.

horderogueNA
horderogueNA
29 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Health officers for the nine Bay Area jurisdictions that require face coverings in most indoor public spaces today reached consensus on criteria to lift those health orders.

The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma and the City of Berkeley will lift the indoor masking requirement in public spaces not subject to state and federal masking rules when all the following occur:

  • The jurisdiction reaches the moderate (yellow) COVID-19 transmission tier, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and remains there for at least three weeks

  • COVID-19 hospitalizations in the jurisdiction are low and stable, in the judgment of the health officer

  • 80% of the jurisdiction's total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (booster doses not considered) OR Eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for 5- to 11-year-olds

Separately from the other Bay Area jurisdictions, San Francisco announced today a more immediate easing of masking requirements beginning on October 15 in certain, select indoor settings where stable groups of fully vaccinated people gather.

Most Bay Area health departments issued the masking requirements for their respective jurisdictions on August 3, following a summer surge in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. But with regional data showing that the surge is now receding, and with the Bay Area one of the most vaccinated regions in the country, the Bay Area health officers agree it is time to plan for a transition.

Lifting a local indoor mask mandate would not prevent businesses, nonprofits, churches or others with public indoor spaces from imposing their own requirements. As COVID-19 easily spreads through airborne droplets, face coverings remain highly powerful in preventing its spread.

word2trio
word2trio
25 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Lmao. Still enforced for bars and restaurants anyway.

"Indoor masking remains in effect for all settings accessed by the wider public, including retail stores and other shared indoor areas such as common areas of a building elevators, lobbies and restrooms, where people from different workplace settings could interact. Indoor masking also continues to apply in bars and restaurants except for patrons while actively eating or drinking, subject to the proof of vaccination requirements."

-https://sfmayor.org/​article/​san-francisco-ease-indoor-mask-requirements-certain-indoor-settings-where-stable-groups

rnjbond
rnjbond
23 · 14 days ago · Reddit

This is dumb. We have the highest vaccination rates and still the strictest restrictions.

breefield
breefield
21 · 14 days ago · Reddit

For the love of all that is good, let us take them off at the gym.

flutterfly28
flutterfly28
15 · 15 days ago · Reddit

Still too restrictive. Why is checking vaccination in a “stable cohort” any safer than checking vaccination at the doors of any restaurant / bar? Hopefully this will at least get everyone to loosen up and realize it’s all theater.

Dubrovski
Dubrovski
10 · 14 days ago · Reddit

total vaccination by county from https://covid.cdc.gov/​covid-data-tracker/​#county-view|Series_Complete_Pop_Pct

  • Alameda: 69.8
  • Marin: 77.1
  • Santa Clara: 74.4
  • San Francisco: 73.7
  • San Mateo: 71.8
  • Contra Costa: 69.6
  • Sonoma: 67.3
  • Napa: 66.7
royalsaltmerchant
royalsaltmerchant
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Stop complying. Take responsibility for your own lives and stop letting the government make decisions for your health and safety. They only have power over you so long as you continue to comply.