On February 18th, California moved to lift the long-standing mask mandate. This new rule applies to any indoor spaces otherwise specified (such as nursing homes, hospitals, etc.). While this move does not mean masks will become obsolete, it is quite a shift from the previous year. Here is what you need to know about this new change. 

What are the New Regulations 

As mentioned previously, masks will continue to be required in areas designated as “high risk”. This includes health care facilities, public transit, and emergency shelters. Because these are highly trafficked areas, the risk for exposure in these areas remains high. K-12 schools are included within this list until March 11th, when the mandate will be lifted for them as well.  

When to Mask 

Accompanying the mask mandate being lifted is a relaxed sense of caution. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer requiring masks in certain areas, you can still continue to wear a mask at your discretion. Use your own judgment when you’re in a heavily crowded area, even if it isn’t designated “high risk”. Avoid large gatherings or crowds as COVID-19, and its variants Delta and Omicron, are still highly transmissible and thrive in these environments. Remember masks are still required for public transit, such as Uber and Lyft, so make sure to carry one just in case.  

How to Stay Safe from COVID-19 

How we once navigated through the pandemic is shifting greatly, but one thing remains constant: the importance of getting tested. Whether you’re having symptoms or getting ready to travel, it’s important to continue getting tested. At CRC Labs, we offer same-day and curbside testing, so be sure to visit us before going on your next trip! 

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