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COVID-19Santa Clara County announces conditions for removing indoor masking requirement

Santa Clara County announces conditions for removing indoor masking requirement

Today, as the COVID-19 pandemic’s Delta wave shows signs of ebbing and the Bay Area stands out for its high vaccination rates, Health officers across the Bay announced their standards on lifting official mask-wearing requirements while allowing private entities to set their own—it being understood that state and federal face-covering rules will still apply in certain places until further notice. California on the whole will still have mask-wearing rules in place for unvaccinated people — as well as those in healthcare settings, on public transit, in nursing homes, and in schools — and today’s announcement has no bearing on those rules. 

For a given County’s government to lift its masking requirement, the jurisdiction must be at the CDC’s Yellow tier for a minimum of 3 weeks, while the County must likewise see a stable amount (per its Health officer’s judgment) of COVID cases. In the meantime, 80% of that County’s population (children included) must be fully vaccinated (booster shots not applicable), and 8 weeks must have elapsed during which a COVID vaccine has been available to children between the ages of 5 and 11. Note: A COVID-19 vaccine for kids between 5 and 11 could be granted emergency authorization by the FDA as early as late October. 

Private properties and businesses in Santa Clara County can still set their own specific masking rules. (And those in need of vaccines or booster shots can make appointments here.)

Said Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the County of Santa Clara Dr. Sara Cody in a statement: “Indoor masking has helped to lower case counts, hospitalizations, and COVID-19 deaths, so we don’t want to remove this important layer of COVID prevention too hastily. These regional metrics will help keep our community safe, and ensure that our case rates are low and stable, our hospitals are in good shape, and vaccination rates are robust.”

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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