California joins New York to reinstitut indoor mask mandate

Masks are mandatory for all indoor public settings in California beginning Wednesday, CBS Los Angeles reports , regardless of whether or not people have been vaccinated.

The announcement, made Monday, came in light of a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates since Thanksgiving. The mandate will continue in effect until January. 15.

Meanwhile, the state will also toughen the restriction for unvaccinated people who attend indoor “mega-events” of 1,000 people or more.

Those who aren’t currently vaccinated should have a negative COVID tested within the first day after an event, if they’re a rapid test, or two days for a test that’s PCR. To date, the tests had been required within 72 hours of events. State officials recommend that anyone traveling from California to test for COVID in the next three to five business days.

The word on California’s moves came as New York instituted a mask mandate Monday at all indoor public places unless a COVID-19 vaccine requirement is in effect at a particular business or venue. The measure will be in place until January 15, when the state will re-evaluate it, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday.

But many Republican county officials say they will not enforce the mandate. CBS New York reports .

MaryEllen Odell from Putnam County says that she won’t put employees of the health department on the streets to enforce the mandate as though they were law enforcement agencies. “

And Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro tells CBS New York, “These are beleaguered small businesses all throughout the State of New York, have just been decimated in some ways and overwhelmed in others. If there is a new expectation every day, they can’t stand on their own. “

Both are New York City exhurbs.

Hochul states that for the moment, “We hope that counties enforce it. They will, we believe. “

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