New mask mandate to be considered in Vallejo City

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Nearby places in Vallejo may follow the strict mask mandate that was recently passed by the Benicia City Council.

A special meeting was scheduled by the Vallejo City Council on Tuesday to tackle the resolution that will mandate individuals to mask up while indoor spaces open to the public and sealed off public places.

“Due to the increase in the Delta variant, COVID-19 cases have significantly increased in Solano County. The City has an important governmental interest in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens and businesses and to maintain and enhance a high quality of life,” part of the staff report written by Vallejo’s interim City Manager Anne Cardwell to the council said.

An ordinance that mandated people aged 4 and up to wear masks indoors was passed by the Benicia City Council just this week.

Regardless of vaccination status, the proposed mask mandate of Vallejo requires all persons to use “well-fitted” face masks in all indoor public places including business offices, theaters, retail stores, and bars.

Anyone who is accessing state and local government buildings is also covered by the mask mandate, which is set to take effect immediately.

It will, however, not cover an alone person in one space, and those who are actively taking their meals, taking a bath in a fitness facility, joining a religious service, and those who get medical attention or playing a sport, the ordinance said.

Except for Solano County, all counties in the Bay Area are implementing the mask mandates with the dominance of the delta variant.

Solano County’s health officer Dr. Bela Matyas recently noted that the mandate will not be an answer in Solano County as locals there are infected during huge gatherings, KRON4 reported.

The data provided by the county said that 904 residents have been infected by COVID-19.