San Francisco Passes Indoor Mask Mandate

( Another ultra-liberal city is re-instituting a mask mandate after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

San Francisco along with six other counties in the Bay Area will reinstate their mask mandate for every indoor setting, health officials in the city announced Monday.

The order took effect Tuesday and applies to all people — regardless of their vaccination status. The other counties that are following suit are Sonoma, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda. The city of Berkeley is doing the same thing.

As Santa Clara’s deputy health officer, Dr. George Han, said:

“It is unfortunate we have to do this at this point in the pandemic. None of us wanted to be here. But the virus has changed.

“The virus doesn’t care what type of indoor space you’re in. There is a risk that you could get in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19.”

San Francisco and the Bay Area counties are actually behind the eight-ball in California. Indoor mask mandates have already been reinstated in Sacramento, Yolo and Los Angeles counties.

Sonoma County’s interim health officer, Sundari Mase, said the delta variant is responsible for 95% of all new cases of coronavirus in the region. She commented:

“We are facing a much more aggressive and contagious opponent right now.”

Health officials said that the vast majority of new coronavirus cases are happening among people who are unvaccinated. But, they are still applying the indoor mask mandate to all people, because an increasing number of vaccinated people are testing positive recently, too. They said evidence is also mounting that vaccinated people can still transmit the virus to others.

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidance last week, the state of California recommended that all people wear masks while they are inside, regardless of whether they were vaccinated or not. Officials didn’t put an official state-wide mandate in place, though.

That was left up to local jurisdictions, which are starting to roll out those mask mandates of their own.

Health officials in the Bay Area said they took the action they did this week because hospitalizations are rising. When rates decline again, they said they would consider easing up on these new restrictions.

In Contra Costa County, for example, hospitalized patients has doubled over the last 10 days. It also saw a 400% increase in hospitalizations in July alone.

The county’s health officer, Chris Farnitano, said:

“We are alarmed at the rate at which COVID patients are filling our community hospital beds. If you are unvaccinated, I would strongly advise against higher-risk indoor activities — like eating in an indoor restaurant, going to exercise in a gym, going to a movie theater.”

The California cities and counties won’t shut down indoor dining just yet. However, they are now requiring people to wear masks at all times when in a restaurant, except when they are either drinking or eating.