SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California will lift its requirement for students and staff to wear masks indoors in schools at 11:59 p.m. March 11, making face masks “recommended” but not mandatory, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday.
From Tuesday, meanwhile, the state will also lift its requirement for unvaccinated people to wear masks in most indoor areas, but masks will be “highly recommended” indoors. Masks will also continue to be required for everyone in places such as healthcare facilities, transit centers, airports, public transport, penitentiaries and homeless shelters and long-term care facilities.
San Diego County Supervisory Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher led the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and never criticized Newsom’s rules, despite the controversy they caused.
In addition, Let Them Breathe and other community-led groups have been formed in defiance of the policies pursued and advocated by Fletcher over the past two years. Fletcher even compared the leaders of the failed Recall Newsom campaign to “neo-Nazis” and “white advocates” because they opposed him politically.
But now, Fletcher believes that lifting the coverage requirements “is a safe and responsible step in the right direction.”
Opponents are quick to point out that Fletcher is once again merely following Newsom’s orders, rather than following science.
Fletcher’s full statement in support of Newsom’s announcement is as follows:
The State of California’s strategy for removing pupil mask requirements is a safe and responsible step in the right direction. We have had one of the lowest school closure rates in the country, but due to the availability of vaccines and therapeutic treatments, it is time to start our lives again without COVID dominating daily action.
Chairman, Supervisory Board
San Diego County
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