COVID-19 mask mandates lift Wednesday. What that means for Sonoma County

17 February 2022

FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, photo, a pedestrian wearing a mask walks past a mural during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco. Eleven San Francisco Bay Area counties will lift their mask requirements for vaccinated people in most indoor public settings beginning Feb. 16, 2022, when the state ends its indoor masking requirement for vaccinated people, officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Wednesday morning marks the end of mask mandates in Sonoma County and the rest of California. Nevertheless, there are still scenarios where face coverings will be necessary.

Sonoma County officials are deferring to state guidelines, which still require anyone who isn’t vaccinated from COVID-19 to wear a mask in indoor public settings.

Mask restrictions across California and other parts of the country are being toned down as the latest data indicates significant declines in COVID-19 cases. But locally, there may still be places where you’ll have to don a face covering.

As of Tuesday, there were 8,996 active cases in Sonoma County, which was a decrease of 809 cases from the previous 24 hours.

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