Bay Area health officers have issued Health Orders requiring masks indoors in public places. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, including venues, gatherings, and workplaces, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3. The statement from the health officers states that "vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant." While the Delta variant is infecting a small percentage of the vaccinated in the Bay Area, "a face covering prevents further spread." Bay Area health officials urge all unvaccinated residents 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinated individuals still remain strongly protected against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
The new Health Orders require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when with people not in one's immediate household. Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses, which are required to implement the indoor face covering order.
This latest Health order is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.