‘We won’t have to be mask cops’: Reaction to Sonoma County’s soon-to-lapse mask mandate

10 February 2022

Ky Boyd, owner of Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol, California on Friday, December 4, 2020. The theatre has been shutdown since March due to COVID-19 restrictions.
(Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

Melody and Greg were on a date. Aglow with good health, and a bit of perspiration, the two Santa Rosa Junior College students had just emerged from the 24-Hour Fitness in Petaluma Wednesday morning, but hadn’t yet heard the news:

Earlier that morning, health officials announced that, starting Feb. 16, and in concert with other Bay Area counties, Sonoma County will lift indoor masking restrictions for vaccinated groups in public spaces.

That rule change follows the California Department of Public Health’s decision to not renew the statewide mask mandate that was enacted in mid-December as transmission of the omicron variant began to surge.

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