Sacramento County orders residents to wear masks again


Sacramento County health officials on Thursday ordered all residents regardless of vaccination status to wear masks again indoors. It’s the latest California jurisdiction to reinstate face coverings to stem rising cases of the coronavirus.

Starting July 30, all people must wear masks inside at workplaces and other public settings.

The state Capitol had already reinstated its mask mandate on July 7 for all lawmakers and staffers, regardless of vaccination status, following an outbreak.

Public health officials across the country are urging people to wear masks again. So far the CDC and California officials have asked all people, including those who are vaccinated, to voluntarily wear masks.

Sacramento is the third California county to reinstate indoor mask orders for everyone. Los Angeles County health officials were the first to do so, on July 15. Yolo County — which borders Sacramento County — followed suit earlier this week. California lifted its indoor mask rules in mid-June as cases and hospitalizations plummeted, but conditions have changed since the highly contagious delta variant arrived.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Thursday that the city was considering ordering people in the city to wear masks again indoors. Across the nine-county Bay Area, health officials so far have not reissued a mask mandate, but they have recommended people to wear masks indoors again even if they are vaccinated.