Marin County health officials will repeal a local mask mandate requiring everyone to wear face masks in indoor public places, with effect from Monday noon, the county announced Friday.
Dr. Matt Willis, the Marine’s public health officer, explained that the move represents a shift in the requirement for an indoor mask “from a legal mandate to a local recommendation,” he said.
He urged residents to continue wearing masks indoors.
“Face coverage has been and will remain a critical tool in preventing the spread of the virus,” Willis said.
“The mandate helped us through the fourth wave, but as the local image improves, we are switching from a legal mandate to a local recommendation,” Willis added. “This is part of the process of returning to normalcy.”
The mandate was introduced on August 2 as part of a public health response across the Bay Area to the increase in cases related to the delta variant.
On October 7, the same Bay Area counties established common criteria for revoking county-level mesh mandates, recognizing that counties would achieve these benchmarks at different intervals based on local numbers.
Marin County met the three criteria last Friday; The Navy’s overall vaccination rate is over 80% of the population, hospital admissions have fallen and remained low, and the county has maintained 21 consecutive days of moderate or “yellow” data at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Transmission Tracking.
Marine change does not affect state coverage requirements issued to unvaccinated individuals, school environments, companies or organizations that require policy coverage.
In addition, some companies may choose to continue to require facial clothing indoors for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated.
For example, the Board of Supervisors will require face clothing for all participants, regardless of vaccination status, beginning at its first hybrid board meeting on Tuesday.
“That means people can keep calling in Zoom and they can get to our boardrooms,” said county administrator Matthew Hymel. He said personal attendance will be “subject to reduced capacity limits and also masks will be required.”
Residents of Marin are asked to continue to respect the various requirements that are still in place in the county and elsewhere by wearing and being prepared to wear face clothing while in public.
Marin has become one of the most COVID-vaccinated counties in the United States. Pr. On October 28, 93.4% of the Marin population over the age of 12 – more than 222,000 people – had completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.
However, approximately 47,000 individuals in the Marine have not completed a vaccine series or remain unvaccinated – including young children.
“High vaccination rates and understanding of the value of face coverage have made it possible to begin lifting restrictions,” Willis said. “I am convinced that our society knows what to do to reduce COVID-19 risk.”
Willis called for continued use of masks “to be safer during the winter months,” he said.
“Remember, masks work both ways,” he said. “They protect you and the people around you, including those who are too young and not yet qualified to be vaccinated.”
Companies that would like to put up a sign to tell customers about their mask policies can visit coronavirus.marinhhs.org to see templates they can use.
Different versions are available for state-oriented mask requirements that specify mandates for unvaccinated people, and others for universal masking, including those that include people who have been vaccinated.