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SCC Announces De-Masking Criteria

Vaccination efforts and the continued use of indoor face coverings has successfully decreased COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations. Eight Bay Area jurisdictions reached consensus on criteria to lift indoor masking health orders and allow organizations to set those requirements independently. The criteria is as follows: · The jurisdiction reaches the moderate (yellow) COVID-19 transmission tier, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and remains there for at least three weeks; AND · COVID-19 hospitalizations in the jurisdiction are low and stable, in the judgment of the health officer; AND · 80% of the jurisdiction’s total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (booster doses not considered) · OR · Eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for 5- to 11-year-olds

California’s health guidance for the use of face coverings may remain in effect after local masking requirements are lifted, meaning that people who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 must continue to wear masks in businesses and indoor public spaces. The state also requires face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in healthcare facilities, public transit and adult and senior care facilities. California’s masking guidelines in K-12 schools would also not be affected by changes to local health orders. Read the full Press Release.....HERE......

-Brittney Sherman


Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce

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