February 10, 2022
California Updates Masking Guidance
On February 16, universal masking will be required in specified settings and unvaccinated persons will be required to continue masking in all indoor public settings. Fully vaccinated individuals are recommended to continue indoor masking.
As part of the State’s updated masking guidance, masks will continue to be required for all individuals in the following indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status:
- On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
- Emergency shelters and cooling and heating centers
- Healthcare settings
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters
- Long term care settings
- Adult and senior care facilities
- Indoors in K-12 schools and childcare settings
Additionally, masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).
For full details about the State’s updated mask guidance, click here.
Wearing Most Protective Mask Reduces Risk of COVID-19
According to a California-based study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that wearing a mask in indoor public settings reduces your risk of testing positive for COVID-19.
Surgical masks or higher-level respirators with good fit are highly recommended (such as N95s, KN95s, or KF94s). Well-fitting masks help contain droplets and particles that you breathe, cough, or sneeze out, as well as provide you protection from particles spread by others.
For more information from the CDC about effective masks, click here.
Get Vaccinated & Stay Up to Date!
Did you know that adults who were up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations had 5 times the protection against infection compared with adults who weren’t vaccinated when the Omicron variant first began spreading in the U.S.?
To maximize their immunity against severe infection, everyone ages 5+ should get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines, receive an additional dose if they are immunocompromised, and receive a booster dose when eligible.
Learn more about what it means to stay up to date on your vaccines by clicking here.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated in Orange County?
You can find a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting your local pharmacy or healthcare provider, search online at Vaccines.gov or MyTurn.ca.gov, or schedule an appointment at one of the mobile vaccine clinics listed below at Othena.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.