A day after the CDC recommended those who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated to continue wearing masks while indoors, the California Department of Public Health has announced it is also recommending face coverings indoors for everyone.

What’s Happening:

  • The California Department of Public Health has announced its recommendation for continued use of face coverings while indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals following the recommendation given by the CDC yesterday.
  • The recommendation has been issued due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state of California due to the delta variant.
  • More than 90% of California’s population is currently located in areas designated as substantial or high transmission areas according to the CDC, with the delta variant of COVID-19 now seen in the majority of California cases.
  • This week California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that state and health care employees must show proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing.
  • As of now, Disneyland Resort, and other theme parks in the state have not announced the return of face coverings indoors, while Universal Studios Hollywood has had to require them due to the mandate in Los Angeles County.

What They’re Saying:

  • Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer: “The Delta variant has caused a sharp increase in hospitalizations and case rates across the state. We are recommending masking in indoor public places to slow the spread while we continue efforts to get more Californians vaccinated.”
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