SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, CA – The Bay Area Health Officials Association, which represents San Francisco County and 11 other Bay Area health officials, as well as their local health courts, said Wednesday it strongly supports the California Department of Health’s strategy to continue current masking guidelines through June 15, when the state adapts to updated guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to applicable California regulations, everyone, including those who are vaccinated, must wear a mask indoors in public places except when eating or drinking. at any time by public transport; and in crowded indoor or outdoor locations such as concerts, parades, sporting events and trade shows.

Under the CDC’s latest guidance, released on Sunday, those who are fully vaccinated can resume their pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing themselves, unless permitted by federal, State, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations mandated, including local business and workplace advice.

“The CDC’s updated masking guidelines are based on evidence showing vaccines are extremely effective at protecting vaccinated people from infection, serious illness and death, and preventing them from spreading COVID-19 to others,” said county health officials Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and the city of Berkeley said in a press release Wednesday morning.

“Additionally, the increase in vaccination in our communities is helping to reduce the spread of new varieties that are more likely to infect those who are not vaccinated. This protects people who cannot yet be vaccinated, such as children under the age of 12, as well People who may not. ” Take full advantage of the vaccine, for example for people with weakened immune systems. “

Here are the current California state masking guidelines endorsed by the Association of Bay Area Health Officials:

California Department of Health Guidelines May 17, 2021 (cdph.ca.gov)

With nearly half of California’s population over the age of 16 being fully vaccinated and nearly 65 percent receiving at least one dose of vaccine, health officials said great strides have been made across the state in vaccinating eligible residents against the coronavirus.

The days leading up to June 15 are critical for reaching residents who have not yet been vaccinated, not yet fully vaccinated, or cannot be vaccinated, as well as for businesses and other institutions that need time to implement the updated masking guidelines Prepare CDC, said the association.

The best way for residents to protect themselves is to get a vaccination, health officials said. A person is fully protected two weeks after completing their vaccine series, which is a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

“Thanks to so many people in our community who have been vaccinated, we have come a long way and can finally get back to normal in our area,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Health Officer. “This next month is our chance to increase the vaccination rates even further. Wear your mask now so that we can come together by June 15th.”