Santa Cruz Reinstates Mask Requirement; Includes Private Gatherings in Homes
Santa Cruz became the first California county to lift its universal indoor mask mandate in September. Now COVID-19 cases are on the rise and county health officials fear a winter surge. The county reinstated its mask policy as of 11:59 PM Sunday, Nov. 21.
The new rules mean both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must mask up indoors. And that applies, not just to public places, but to private homes when more than one household is present.
“Unfortunately, a potential winter surge appears to be a significant threat to the health and safety of our community,” said Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said in a statement.
California still has one of the lowest infection rates in the country, but Santa Cruz’s case rate is slightly higher than the state average and climbing. COVID-19 cases in Santa Cruz have risen 29% in the past two weeks.