California sticks to strict mask mandate as nationwide deaths plummet
The state of California will maintain its current mask mandate, requiring that all Californians, vaccinated or otherwise, wear masks indoors. This mandate will last until June 15, as planned. Vaccinated residents can remove their masks outdoors, unless at a sporting event or concert. This comes after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks.
Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly explained the reasoning in a phone call with local media. “The delay is “in no way saying the science or the direction by the CDC is wrong or there’s a challenge to it,” Ghaly said. “It’s really just giving ourselves across the state some additional time to have it implemented with a high degree of integrity with a continued focus on protecting the public’s health.”
Last week, the coronavirus death toll reached a 10-month low and continues to plummet.
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