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California exempts San Francisco from COVID indoor mask rule

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 10:58 AM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 13:58:04-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is exempting San Francisco from a rule that takes effect Wednesday requiring all people to wear masks indoors in a bid to contain a troubling rise in coronavirus cases.

The city health department says San Francisco will continue to allow fully vaccinated people to remove their masks in gyms and workplaces.

San Francisco has a high vaccination rate — nearly 90% of eligible residents have received at least one dose. But other counties have much lower rates and the state is concerned that they will be at risk as the omicron COVID-19 variant surges.

There's also concern that the virus will spread during holiday gatherings. The state mask mandate is in force until at least Jan. 15.