California Mask Update as of March 1, 2022

The California Department of Public Health has updated the mask requirements effective today, March 1st.  The Bay Area Counties are reviewing the new guidelines. Please be sure to check your counties public health sites.  

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Solano County 

Effective March 1, 2022 , the requirement that unvaccinated individuals mask in indoor public settings will move to a strong recommendation  that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue indoor masking. 

Universal masking shall remain required in specified high-risk settings.

After March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and Childcare settings will terminate.   CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to mask in indoor settings when the universal masking requirement lifts.


California has used science to guide our health protection strategies throughout the pandemic. Data show that because of these strategies, we have saved lives.  COVID-19 cases and hospitalization continue to decline across the state.  Since February 14, cases have declined by 66% and hospitalizations have declined by 48%.  This is due in large part to the collective efforts of Californians to get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear masks indoors.


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