LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates since Thanksgiving, the state announced today that beginning Wednesday, mask-wearing will become mandatory in all indoor public settings across California.
The mask mandate will remain in place until Jan. 15.
The state will also toughen the restriction for unvaccinated people who attend indoor “mega-events” of 1,000 people or more, requiring them to receive a negative COVID test within one day of the event if it’s a rapid antigen test or within two days for a PCR test. The current rules require a test within 72 hours of the event.
State officials will also recommend, but not require, that people who travel to California or return to the state after traveling be tested for COVID within three to five days.