“On February 15, California’s statewide indoor mask requirement will expire. Unvaccinated people must still wear masks in indoor public settings,” he said. Less than 20% of the state’s population remain unvaccinated, according to data from the state health department.
California officials indicated school masking policies will be updated to reflect the new statewide policy, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
“The state is continuing to work with education, public health and community leaders to update masking requirements at schools to adapt to changing conditions and ensure the safety of kids, teachers, and staff,” the California Department of Public Health said in a press release Monday. “Additional adjustments to the state’s policies will be shared in the coming week.”
California was among the first states to require face coverings in public places, which has been in effect since June 2020.
Counties with stricter rules such as Los Angeles and much of the Bay Area may still keep the mandates in place.
CNN’s Sarah Moon contributed to this report.