County Eases Masking Rules

County Eases Masking Rules

Sun Staff Reports

In a Nov. 18 press release, the City reminded residents that masks are required in all indoor public places for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, with limited exceptions.

Alameda County, whose guidelines the City follows announced earlier this month that “masking requirements for fully vaccinated people may be eased if specific measures are taken” in eligible settings. These include offices, gyms, and fitness centers.

The county also relaxed its rules for gatherings in indoor settings where a group gathers on a regular basis, like religious gatherings.

The county also stipulates the “participating businesses, organizations, or hosts must verify that all patrons, employees, and attendees are fully vaccinated before allowing them to participate without face coverings inside their facilities.” Further, the County reminds these organizations that “no more than 100 persons may be present at these facilities.”

Indoor-masking requirements remain in effect in bars, restaurants, retail stores, and other public settings until criteria for lifting these requirements are met. The City’s release did not define these criteria.