California reinstates mask mandate for indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Monday that the state has reinstated a mask mandate in all indoor public spaces, according to a report published by The Associated Press Monday, Dec. 13.The move comes amid rising concerns regarding the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and an uptick in cases in recent weeks. The mandate will be in place for one month, ending Jan. 15, California Governor Gavin Newsom said.As of press time, no Omicron cases have been reported in Riverside County, but according to state data, the per capita rate of new coronavirus cases in California has jumped 47% in the past two weeks.In Riverside County, hospitalizations are up in recent weeks, with 292 people hospitalized as of press time Monday, the number of those patients in intens
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