With coronavirus case numbers rising in California, it’s back to mask mandates in the Golden State.
A statewide indoor mask mandate will go back into effect on Wednesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom reimposes the restriction on residents which will reportedly run through at least January 15.
According to The New York Times:
The state will also require unvaccinated people attending so-called mega-events to show proof of a negative coronavirus test result from within a day, if it’s an antigen test, and within two days for a P.C.R. test, and formally recommended that travelers returning to California get tested within a few days of their arrival.
“We know people are tired and hungry for normalcy,” the state’s secretary of health and human services, Dr. Mark Ghaly, told reporters, claiming that reigning in any increase of coronavirus cases will help in the battle against the pandemic.
He also noted the case increase, in particular areas of the state, by 47 percent since Thanksgiving.
“I think that we have tools to keep California reasonably safe and protected,” he said.
JUST IN – California imposes statewide mask mandate because of the #Omicron variant starting Wednesday.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) December 13, 2021
California’s Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein fully agreed with the move.
“Vaccinations, boosters and masks can protect us this holiday season, but we must stay alert if we’re going to avoid another spike,” she tweeted.
As the nation nears 800,000 COVID deaths and the omicron variant spreads, California’s decision to reinstate an indoor mask mandate makes sense. Vaccinations, boosters and masks can protect us this holiday season, but we must stay alert if we’re going to avoid another spike.
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 13, 2021
Social media users were quick to react, noting how Californians seem to be perpetually living in fear.
It’s starting again y’all
— That One Guy (@PunishedGoblin_) December 13, 2021
They live in fear it’s honestly sad.
— Thank You (@iOnlyBetTeasers) December 13, 2021
We’ve not been freed from this since the war began almost two years ago now. No one will even notice Wednesday’s mandate because it’s no different. It’s amazing what people will allow themselves to become conditioned to forfeiting.
— Jessica Vaugn (@JessicaVaugn) December 13, 2021
Wednesday is strategically brilliant. It will catch the virus completely off guard.
— Harry Potgieter (@HarryPotgieter3) December 13, 2021
People think if they just comply it’ll be over. It WILL NEVER END. RESIST THE SYSTEM.
— Junson Chan 🇺🇸 (@realjunsonchan) December 13, 2021
— Jimmy (@kimura_oss) December 13, 2021
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