San Francisco to Ease Some Face-Mask Requirements

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The rules will apply to offices, gyms and various settings where no more than 100 people are present and everyone has been vaccinated.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California has the lowest number of new reported Covid-19 cases per 100 people in the US.

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In San Francisco, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital’s intensive care or acute care units now stands at 65, according to the city’s health department. This is down from the recent high of 123 in mid-August and the high of 266 in January, which were during a deadly winter surge. Confirmed cases are also less. City data shows the seven-day average of newly reported cases is 79, down from 309 on August 3.

The vaccination rate in the city is among the highest in the country. According to city statistics, more than 90% of adults over the age of 65 have been fully vaccinated and 88% of San Francisco residents age 12 and older have received at least one dose. According to the CDC, 83.7% of seniors in the US have been fully vaccinated and 76.1% of those 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose.

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“I’m excited that we are once again at a place where we can start easing mask requirements, which is a direct result of the fact that we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, our cases have dropped.” , and our residents have done their part to keep themselves and those around them safe,” Mayor London Breed said on Thursday.

To remove the mask in mid-October, the employer or host in a gathering or setting must ensure proper ventilation and not have a recent Covid-19 outbreak, according to the city. Children under 12 years old cannot attend. No COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for use among this age group. Pfizer Inc. And BioNTech SE on Thursday asked US health regulators to flag its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Indoor masking rules are in effect for most other public settings, including retail stores and other common areas such as building lifts, lobbies and restrooms. Indoor masking continues in bars and restaurants apart from eating or drinking. Proof of vaccination is required at those locations.

San Francisco health officer Dr. Susan said, “Vaccines remain our way out of the pandemic, but masks have dampened the Delta-driven surge and protected our critical hospital capacity, while allowing businesses to stay open.” And the children are allowed to return to school.” Philip.

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