Alameda County issued a new mask mandate in most indoor public settings, effective Friday (June 3), as COVID-19 cases climb.
Alameda County’s move represents the first time a California county has issued a mask mandate since the winter Omicron surge faded.
“Rising COVID cases in Alameda County are now leading to more people being hospitalized, and today’s action reflects the seriousness of the moment,” said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County’s health officer.
“We cannot ignore the data, and we can’t predict when this wave may end. Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities.”
The order requires masks to be worn at indoor businesses and workplaces, including offices, stores, theaters and conference centers, as well as restaurants and bars when not eating or drinking; and on public transportation, including taxis and app-hailed rides, and at Oakland International Airport.
Businesses and venue operators are required to post signage at all entrance points to communicate the mask requirement and “make reasonable efforts to ensure compliance in their setting,” the health order said.