In response to the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases since Thanksgiving, the California Department of Public Health announces a new statewide mandate beginning Dec.15 that requires masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. 

Masks are required to be worn indoors in all public places through at least Jan.15 and will be reevaluated. This is directly a response to the creeping hospitalization rates statewide and the detection of the new Omicron Variant. 

​​“Masks help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its many variants,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “San Diegans should wear a mask while indoors in public places to protect themselves and others.”

Along with the statewide mandate, members of the public are asked to undergo additional precautionary measures. COVID-19 testing prior to attending mega events. A negative PCR test is required 48 hours before an event or an antigen test 24 hours before the event.Travelers to the state are asked to get a COVID-19 test three to five days after arrival.

County health officials urge the following measures to help protect against COVID-19 and all varieties, including Omicron variant:

  • Get vaccinated and get a booster if you qualify. The vaccine is available at health care providers, retail pharmacies and community clinics. You can also make an appointment or find a site near you by calling (833) 422-4255 or visiting the My Turn website.
  • Get tested if you’ve travelled or have any symptoms, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. You can make a free test appointment or find a walk-in test clinic at
  • Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick and distance yourself from others.

 More information about COVID-19, variants, testing and vaccinations can be found at


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