California’s health Authorities recommend people to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as protection against the contagious delta variant.This announcement follows an about-face by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommended on Tuesday that fully vaccinated people mask up in public indoor settings in areas where transmission is high or substantial.
The federal recommendation is a shift from May when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people could skip masking in most indoor spaces. California Health Authoritie said more than 90% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents live in areas where community spread is now high or substantial.Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, the state’s public health officials, said that the delta variant had caused a sharp increase in hospitalizations and case rates across the state. They recommend masking in indoor public places to slow the spread while they continue efforts to get more Californians vaccinated.
That includes nearly 250,000 state workers and an estimated 2.2 million people who work in private or public health care and long-term care facilities. A California restaurant became famous for adopting an anti-mask policy where the eating joint asked its customers to pay extra if they want to wear masks indoors.