Health Officer Order 21-03 Face Covering FAQ: English | Arabic | Chinese (Simplified) | Chinese (Traditional) | Farsi | Khmer | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese
While California is fully open, the risk of COVID-19 is still present, especially for those who are not fully vaccinated against the virus. When people wear a mask correctly, they protect others as well as themselves. California has now changed its mask requirements to match CDC guidance.
Some people should not wear a mask, such as children younger than 2 and people with certain medical conditions or disabilities which you can learn more at: covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/.
Translations of Health Officer Order Mandating Masking Indoors (Effective Aug. 3, 2021): Arabic | Chinese (Simplified) | Chinese (Traditional) | English | Farsi | Khmer | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese
Settings where everyone regardless of vaccination status, MUST wear a mask
- Indoors at any public setting, business, government office, and workplace setting including offices that aren’t open to the public
- On planes, trains, buses, ferries, taxis and ride-shares, and all other forms of public transport
- In transportation hubs like airports, bus terminals, train stations, marinas, seaports or other ports,
subway stations, or any other area that provides transportation.
- Healthcare settings
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Shelters and cooling centers
- Indoors at any youth-serving facility (such as K-12 schools, childcare, day camps, etc.)
Bay Area Health Officers' Criteria for Lifting Indoor Masking Requirements
- The jurisdiction reaches the moderate (yellow) COVID-19 transmission tier, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and remains there for at least three weeks; AND
- COVID-19 hospitalizations in the jurisdiction are low and stable, in the judgment of the health officer; AND
- 80% of the jurisdiction’s total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (booster doses not considered) OR Eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for 5- to 11-year-olds
Strong recommendations for everyoneUnvaccinated and not fully vaccinated people are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor crowded settings, especially if you don't know the vaccination status of those around you. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask in non-public indoor settings, like a private residence, when you are around people who may be unvaccinated.
While fully vaccinated people are well-protected from severe illness due to variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, they may get asymptomatic or mild infections. To protect everyone, wear a mask to help slow the spread of the virus.
New Mask Guidance (08/02/2021): English | Arabic | Chinese (Simplified) | Chinese (Traditional) | Farsi | Khmer | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese