Sonoma County returns to indoor masking for all, revoking exemption for vaccinated people

30 December 2021

Sonoma County has joined much of the rest of California in requiring people to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

The county on Wednesday announced its revocation of an exemption allowing vaccinated people to go maskless in some indoor public settings, including gyms, offices and churches.

The order will take effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m.

“Increasingly, we are seeing the virus that causes COVID-19 spread among people who are fully vaccinated,” Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a news release. “The vaccine works. It greatly reduces the chances you will become severely ill or die if you contract the virus, but it won’t stop you from infecting others. If they are immunocompromised or unvaccinated, they could require hospitalization and even die. Wearing a well-fitted mask indoors in public settings will help keep you and those around you safe by slowing the transmission of COVID-19.”

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