State Provides New Masking Guidance

San Bernardino County doesn’t have mask rules for adults or children, but the State applies its mask requirements to everyone in California.

Those State rules are about to ease now that the Omicron case and hospitalization numbers boosted by the Omicron surge have dropped dramatically.

Starting on Wednesday, the State will no longer require vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in public places. Masking indoors will only be “strongly recommended” by the State for those who are vaccinated. The State will continue to require unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors. The State will continue to not actively enforce its mask rules, nor does the County have an enforcement mechanism for State mask rules.

Also, the State on Feb. 28 plans to make an announcement on the future of its school mask mandate. San Bernardino County does not have local school mask rules, nor does it have a role in enforcing the State’s school mask requirements. State Public Health Officer Tomás Aragón emphasized during a CDPH call on Monday, February 14 that it is the role of school districts to enforce the State mask mandate.

Information on the State’s COVID-19 rules and guidelines can be found at covid19.ca.gov.

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