San Mateo County is aligning with the state’s guidance on indoor masking and will not add local health orders to guidelines on masking in schools.
Starting today, the California Department of Public Health is strongly recommending but no longer requiring masks for unvaccinated individuals in most indoor settings and businesses. After March 11, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and childcare settings will also terminate, although CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to mask indoors.
Individuals, however, must be allowed to wear a mask if they desire within businesses, venues and K-12 school and childcare settings, according to CDPH. And masking regardless of vaccination status will continue to be requires on public transit, in emergency and homeless shelters, in cooling and heating centers, in healthcare, longterm care and senior care settings and in correctional settings.
“Local health jurisdictions and entities may continue to implement additional requirements that go beyond this statewide guidance based on local circumstances,” the CDPH said.