San Francisco plans to reduce requirements for face masks in limited settings, health officials said Thursday. The change, due to take effect on October 15, depends on whether coronavirus cases and hospital admissions remain stable or declining.
In offices, gyms, fitness centers, religious gatherings and colleges, people will be allowed to take off their masks if everyone present is vaccinated and confirmed. The new rule only applies to meetings of less than 100 people.
The employer or host must also provide adequate ventilation, make sure there have been no recent outbreaks of Covid-19, and make sure there are no children under the age of 12, among other safety measures.
According to the data, California is one of the states with the lowest number of newly reported cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants. New York Times database… In San Francisco County, 74 percent of all residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
“I am glad that we are again in a place where we can start easing mask requirements, which 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 best. to protect yourself and those around you, ”said London Mayor Breed.
Ms Breed called the relaxation of restrictions “another milestone in our recovery” and said that “the city feels like it is coming back to life.” on twitter…
Indoor mask requirements remain in place for most other public places, including retail stores and other common areas such as elevators in buildings, lobbies, and toilets, and masks are still required in bars and restaurants, unless visitors eat or drink.
Proof of vaccination or negative test result for Covid-19 is required for indoor visits in bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms and large indoor events in San Francisco from late August.
“Vaccines are still our way out of the pandemic, but masks have blunted the Delta surge and protected our vital hospital capabilities, while allowing businesses to stay open and children back to school,” said Dr. Susan Philip, city dweller. and the county health worker.