Long Beach to keep indoor mask mandate, as CA drops statewide mask orders
The City's health department says Long Beach residents would still be required to wear a face mask while indoors, even though state officials declared California would be easing its mask mandate starting next week.
Man in the cloth mask:
The daily case rate in Long Beach "remains high," officials say. Additionally, the City's positivity rate stands at 14.9%.
The seven-day positivity rate falls under the CDC's "high transmission" standards, 296 per 100,000 residents or a positive rate of 10% or more.
Long Beach's Department of Health and Human Services:
The health department posted two criteria for the indoor mask mandate to be discarded: The COVID-19 transmission must fall into the CDC's moderate category – a seven-day cumulative rate of 10 to 50 cases per 100,000. And the City's positivity rate must be between 5% and 8% - for at least two weeks, or the vaccine for those 0-4 years old must be available for eight weeks.
When one of those criteria has been met and there are no new reports of widely circulating new variants, Long Beach will align with the State.
Fully vaccinated residents won't be required to wear a mask indoors, but unvaccinated people would still need to.
Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear a facial covering indoors except in the following settings:
On public transit, including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airports, bus terminals, marinas, train stations, seaports or other ports, or any other area that provides transportation)
Indoors in K-12 schools and childcare facilities
At emergency shelters and cooling and heating centers
In healthcare settings
At correctional facilities and detention centers
In homeless shelters
At long term care settings and adult and senior care facilities
Indoor mega-events and outdoor mega-events.