Dec 13, 2021 - Health

California to reinstate mask mandate for indoor public spaces

Photo of a sign that says "masks required" as people walk around in the background

A "Masks Required" sign inside the Ferry Building in San Francisco, California. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Monday that the state will reinstate a mask mandate in all indoor public spaces starting on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The move comes amid rising concern about the Omicron variant, which has led to an uptick in cases in recent weeks. The rate of infections in California has increased 47% since Thanksgiving, per Reuters.

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