San Francisco plans to ease face-mask requirements in confined settings, health officials announced Thursday. The changes, scheduled to take effect from October 15, are dependent on whether the rate of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations stabilize or decrease.
In settings such as offices, gyms, fitness centers, religious gatherings and college classrooms, people will be allowed to remove their mask if all attendees have been vaccinated and their status verified. The new rule only applies to gatherings that do not exceed 100 people.
The employer or host is also required to ensure proper ventilation, verify that there has not been a recent outbreak of COVID-19 and ensure that children below 12 years of age are not present, among other safety measures.
According to the New York Times database, California is one of the states with the lowest number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents. In San Francisco County, 74 percent of all residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
“I am excited that we are once again at 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 fallen. and our residents have done their part to keep themselves and those around them safe,” said Mayor London Breed.
Ms Breed called the easing restrictions “another milestone in our recovery” and added that “the city feels like it is coming back to life”. on twitter.
Indoor mask mandates remain in place for most other public settings, including retail stores and other common areas such as building lifts, lobbies and restrooms, and remain required in bars and restaurants, except when patrons are eating or drinking .
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required to go indoors to bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms and large indoor events in San Francisco since late August.
The city’s Dr. Susan Phillip said, “Vaccines remain our way out of the pandemic, but masks have dampened the delta-driven surge and protected our critical hospital capacity, while allowing businesses to stay open and stay open.” Children are allowed to return to school.” and county health officials.