By: Konrad Holden
California reimposed a mask mandate on Wednesday that applies to all indoor public spaces. The new mask mandate will extend through January 15th of 2022 and will apply to all citizens regardless of vaccination status. For events of 1,000 or more, citizens will have to show a negative test as recently as 1-2 days old, depending on the type of test. The state has only recorded 18 cases of the omicron variant.
The Democrat-run state of California has announced a new indoor mask mandate that will apply to all citizens in public places, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
The new mask mandate is in response to the omicron variant which currently has only produced 18 cases in the state.
California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly said, “We have a tool we know has worked and can work. We are proactively putting this tool of universal indoor masking in place to ensure we get through a time of joy and hope without a darker cloud of despair. Californians have done this before, and we believe we can do it again.”
The new restrictions come amidst a mass exodus from the state allegedly caused by draconian policies during 2020 and worsening living conditions in larger metropolitan areas like Los Angeles.
In 2020, California’s population dropped by 182,000 people, the first-ever recorded decrease in the state’s history.
“We know that there’s going to be people who don’t necessarily agree with this, who are tired, who aren’t going to mask. We hope that those are few and far between, that most people see the purpose of doing this over the next month as something to protect them and their communities during a very tough time.” - Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services Secretary