The revived mandates were imposed on Monday in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma, as well as the city of Berkeley, each announcing the move in similarly worded statements. Set to take effect on Tuesday, the measures apply regardless of residents’ vaccination status.
“Indoor masking is a temporary measure that will help us deal with the Delta variant, which is causing a sharp increase in cases, and we know increases in hospitalizations and deaths will follow,” said San Francisco’s acting health officer Naveena Bobba. “When we all wear face coverings indoors, we are protecting our fellow residents and helping our healthcare workers.”
Eight of the Bay Area’s Health Officers, including ours, are requiring that everyone wear a face covering indoors in public settings.
The Health Orders go into effect tonight, at 12:01am Tuesday.
— City of Berkeley (@CityofBerkeley) August 2, 2021
While the officials in all eight regions maintained that vaccination protects against severe illness from Covid-19, they also acknowledged a growing number of cases among the immunized, with Berkeley’s health department warning that “the proportion of post-vaccination infections is increasing” thanks to the more contagious Delta variant.