• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach Unified to drop mask mandate on March 11

Updated: Mar 1

After March 11, Long BeachUnified School District won't require students and staff to wear a face mask indoors. A change that coincides with Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to rescind the state's indoor mask mandate for school children, the district announced on Monday.

Kids in the Hall:

Starting March 12, a face mask would only be "strongly recommended but not required indoors at school," for students and staff.

  • Current masking requirements for those who are returning after COVID isolation still apply.

Previously reported:

Beginning Tuesday, facial coverings will be a recommendation rather than a requirement in most indoor venues in California, including schools, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Almost two weeks ago, Newsom announced that California would transition into an "endemic" phase which lifts most COVID-era level restrictions, per ABC News.

  • There are still federal indoor mask requirements for travelers on public transportation, airports, and taxis.

  • Washington and Oregon also drop mask mandates for students.

Why it matters: California has now joined several other states in lifting their mask requirements and other COVID-19-related restrictions.

What he's saying:

California Governor Gavin Newsom: "California continues to adjust our policies based on the latest data and science, applying what we've learned over the past two years to guide our response to the pandemic. Masks are an effective tool to minimize [the] spread of the virus and future variants, especially when transmission rates are high. We cannot predict the future of the virus, but we are better prepared for it and will continue to take measures rooted in science to keep California moving forward," per Breaking 911.

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