California Adopts Indoor Mask Mandate in Public Settings & Travel Recommendations

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a new statewide mandate that individuals wear masks indoors in all public settings starting this Wednesday, December 15 regardless of their vaccination status.

Surgical masks or higher-level respirators are recommended. Also, starting the same day, individuals attending “mega-events” [defined as more than 1,000 people indoors and more than 10,000 people outdoors] will be required to show either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days prior to entry to an event.

Third, the state issued a Travel Advisory to recommend that:

Also of note:

  • A number of counties, covering about one-half of the state population, have already adopted this indoor mask-wearing mandate.
  • This state mandate will continue until January 15.
  • There are specific exceptions set forth in the guidance.
  • No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
  • Enforcement of the new mandate is not clear.
  • The state notes that the number of new Covid cases has increased 47% since Thanksgiving.

For updated CDPH guidance: click here

For updated CDPH guidance on mega-events: click here

For CDPH Travel Advisory: click here

For the CDPH press release announcing this action: click here

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