On June 15, 2021, San Francisco issued a new Public Health Order updating face covering requirements for all residents and workers. As COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms, cloth face coverings, when combined with physical distancing and hand washing, can help prevent the spread of the virus.
As of June 29th, 2021, nearly 60% of eligible individuals in California were fully vaccinated, but the World Health Organization recommends that all individuals continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces due to the Delta variant’s higher transmission rate. Note that you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your last vaccine dose.
Face coverings are required for ALL individuals, regardless of vaccination status, if you are:
- Waiting for or riding public transit
- Seeking health care at a hospital or any medical facility
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings
- In-state and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- In homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
Face coverings are required for UNVACCINATED individuals if you are:
- Indoor public settings and businesses, like:
- State and local government offices
Face coverings are NOT required if you are:
- At home or in your car alone or with people you live with
- A child 2 years old and under, due to risk of suffocation
- Living with:
- A medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that precludes wearing a mask. For example,
- Those for whom a mask could obstruct breathing
- Unable to remove a mask without assistance
- Hearing impaired, or those communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.
More tips about face coverings:
- The face covering must cover your nose and mouth.
- The face covering can be made of cloth, fabric, or other soft material, but should not have holes and should fit snugly against the face (while still allowing normal breathing). Medical and surgical masks are also acceptable.
- Keep your face coverings clean by washing them frequently.
- Always wash your hands before and after touching your face or face coverings.
- Remember that while vaccinations are becoming more widespread, wearing a mask still provides extra protection.