California’s Only Countywide Mask Mandate Has Been Rescinded

Alameda County has rescinded its indoor mask mandate as of June 25. 

This month, Alameda became the first and only California county to reinstate the mandate amid the latest omicron wave. There was some expectation that other Bay area counties would follow. That never happened, leaving some public officials abashed.

“After 3 weeks of reinstated mask mandates with no other Bay Area counties following, I think it’s time to end the Alameda County Mask Mandate,” District 1 Supervisor David Haubert tweeted Friday.

County health officials cited a decline in transmission levels in their decision to rescind the mandate and align with state guidelines. 

“Conditions have stabilized following the sustained increases in case reports and hospitalizations we saw throughout May,” said County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss. “While we expect continued impacts from COVID-19 in the coming weeks and masks remain strongly recommended, it is appropriate to step down from the Health Officer masking Order at this time.”


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