Officials say that out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated. Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses. Health officials say workplaces must comply with Cal/OSHA requirements and fully vaccinated employees are encouraged to wear masks indoors if their employer has not confirmed the vaccination status of those around them.
RELATED: Doctors investigate rare COVID breakthrough cases infecting vaccinated Californians
Bay Area health officers said they will revisit this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates throughout the region.
The group that put together this announcement is referred to as the Bay Area Coalition. Which you may remember was a term used back in the beginning days of the pandemic where Bay Area health departments came together to coordinate their regulations on things like masking, business restrictions, etc. But that group eventually dissolved - when individual counties started acting independently and we gained the colored-tiered system.
RELATED: Will Delta variant bring new CA restrictions? Newsom weighs in
While this guidance isn't mandating masking like health officials in Los Angeles County -- we're hearing reports from several counties like Marin already reporting an uptick in cases. Not to mention vaccination rates as a state have slowed significantly in the past month. Sitting still around 60% of Californians vaccinated with at least one dose.
In June, the Delta variants comprised 43% of all cases in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that Delta variants are now responsible for 58% of new infections across the country.
VACCINE TRACKER: How California is doing, when you can get a coronavirus vaccine
Having trouble loading the tracker above? Click here to open it in a new window.
RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS:
- Cheat sheet: What you can and can't do after being fully vaccinated
- Everything to know about your 2nd Pfizer or Moderna shot
- Can a workplace require the coronavirus vaccine? Here's what we found
- CA COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: See your status here
- Map shows every Bay Area vaccination site
- These CA counties are way ahead in vaccinations
- MAP: See how many people are vaccinated in your ZIP code
- How to register for a COVID-19 vaccine in every Bay Area county