San Diego Community News Group

Starting December 15, residents of San Diegans will be required to wear a mask indoors in all public places, regardless of their immunization status, under a new statewide mandate released on Monday.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that the new requirements were a response to the increase in cases and hospitalizations in the state and the detection of the new Omicron variant. The county follows the requirements of the CRPD. The interior face covering mandate is expected to last at least until January 15, 2022 and will be reassessed.

“The masks help slow the spread of COVID-19 and its many variants,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, county public health official. “San Diegans should wear a mask indoors in public places to protect themselves and others. “

The state’s updated COVID-19 public health procedures also include the following:

  • COVID-19 tests before attending mega-events. A negative PCR test is required 48 hours before an event or an antigen test 24 hours before the event.

  • Asking travelers to the state to take a COVID-19 test three to five days after arrival.

In addition to wearing a mask indoors in public places, the following measures also help protect against all varieties of COVID-19, including Omicron variant:

  • Get vaccinated and get a booster if you qualify. The vaccine is available from health care providers, retail pharmacies and community clinics. You can also make an appointment or find a location near you by calling 833-422-4255 or visiting the My Turn website.

  • Get tested if you have traveled or have symptoms, whether or not you have been vaccinated. You can make a free testing appointment or find a walk-in testing clinic at

  • Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick and stay away from others.

All of the above strategies will help keep you, your family, and your community safe. More information on COVID-19, variants, tests and vaccinations can be found at

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