Benicia passes indoor mask mandate despite Solano Co. health officer's recommendation

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Benicia implements mask mandate despite Solano Co. recommendation
The city of Benicia went against Solano County's recommendations and implemented an indoor mask mandate.

BENICIA, Calif. (KGO) -- Anyone aged four and up are now required to wear a mask indoors at public buildings in Benicia. That includes grocery stores, commercial office buildings and restaurants.

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City council members approved the mandate yesterday.

Benicia is taking a harder stance than the rest of Solano County -- the only Bay Area county without a mask mandate.

Earlier this month, ABC7 News spoke with the Solano County Health Officer who explained why they initially chose not to implement indoor masking.

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The Health Director of Solano County says he doesn't believe a mask mandate would have a big impact.

"The data does not support the need for such a mandate. This disease in our county is very clearly spreading during/through social events, people who are going to parties, barbecues, picnics, campouts," said Dr. Bela Matyas.

The mandate goes into effect immediately and will be reviewed in six weeks.

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