California exempts qualifying vaccinated groups in Sonoma County from new indoor mask rule

15 December 2021

Santa Rosa architect Mark Quattrocchi breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when he learned that his staff at Quattrocchi Kwok Architects in downtown Santa Rosa would not have to wear face masks at work.

The new state indoor masking rule — in effect from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 — does not alter a nearly two-month-old exemption to Sonoma County’s own mask rules, which allow certain vaccinated groups to shed their masks in some workplaces, local and state officials said Wednesday morning.

Quattrocchi, who founded the firm, said many of his 65 employees at offices in Santa Rosa and Oakland would likely have opted to work from home if they had to go back to wearing masks.

“It’s really great news — the exemption is probably the most important element of our staff being able to get back to working together,” Quattrocchi said. “Working with masks is just so much more difficult.”

The state mandate requires everyone who gathers in public spaces, such as offices, retail shops and government meetings, to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.

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