Long Beach, California – The mask mandate for vaccinated people in indoor settings, which was previously planned to be lifted today, was lifted on Friday by the city. The new health order went into effect at 12:01 a.m.
In accordance with the health order, vaccinated people are no longer required to wear face coverings in restaurants, offices, and other indoor settings.
People who have not been vaccinated or who have only been partially vaccinated still have to wear masks. Businesses were given three choices for implementing the rule, according to the city:
- Informing all patrons or attendees of the vaccination requirements and allowing them to unmask if they self-attest they’re fully vaccinated
- Verifying vaccination status and requiring anyone who doesn’t provide proof to wear a mask
- Requiring all patrons to wear masks indoors
People will still have to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status at the following places:
- On public transit, including planes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxies and rideshares, as well as transit hubs
- K-12 schools and at children centers
- Emergency shelters and cooling and heating centers
- Health care settings
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters
- Long-term care and adult and senior care facilities
Officials still say that people should wear high-quality masks, like surgical masks or KN95/N95 respirators, in crowded places where there isn’t adequate ventilation to keep COVID-19 from spreading.