INYO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH RESCINDS THE INDOOR ORDER MANDATING FACE COVERINGS – EFFECTIVE: Wednesday, February 16, 2022

 

The Inyo County Public Health Officer Order requiring masking for all individuals in indoor public setting will be rescinded next week and Inyo County will align with the State Guidance for use of face coverings due to a significant decrease in cases locally and statewide. The local order will end at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

A Local (County) Health Officer Order can be more restrictive, but not less restrictive than a State Health Officer Order. For this reason, there will still masking requirements throughout Inyo County in high-risk settings as identified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Masking Guidance for the Public: Under the State Guidance, masks are required in the following locations for ALL individuals regardless of their vaccination status:

  • Healthcare settings;
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, emergency shelters and cooling and heating centers;
  • Long Term Care Settings & Adult and Senior Care Facilities;
  • Homeless shelters;
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers;
  • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation).

Additionally, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses. Examples include, but are not limited to: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state/local government offices serving the public.

Fully vaccinated individuals are recommended to continue indoor masking when the risk may be high. No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

> Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, and KF94s) with good fit are highly recommended for all settings listed above.

Guidance for Businesses: In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a challenge throughout California. The repeal of both the Local and State Universal Indoor Face Covering Orders does not mean that COVID-19 is no longer a risk to communities.

The COVID-19 vaccines are effective in reducing infection, serious disease, and deaths. At present, 68.7% of Inyo’s residents 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated with an additional 10.4% partially vaccinated.

For additional information visit the COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Information webpages.

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David Dennison
David Dennison
7 months ago

God God,the conspiracy theories in some comments are hilarious….and entertaining….a couple just HAVE to be sarcasm….

William
William
7 months ago

For those of you out there who truly believe the “science” that masks work and save lives and prevent influenza… you better wear them for the rest of your miserable lives.

P ite
P ite
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Would you allow doctors and nurses to operate on you without masks ?

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  P ite

Your comment is a perfect example of just how willfully ignorant people are. Willfully ignorant people that have had two years to do some independent research into the facts instead of lapping up all the garbage media and government want you to believe. Trying to educate the brainwashed useful idiots… Read more »

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
6 months ago
Reply to  William

Nice Try William, but, you’re wrong…. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2017 Apr 21; 66(1): 1–32. Published online 2017 Apr 21. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.rr6601a1 PMCID: PMC5837128 PMID: 28426646 Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza — United States, 2017 Noreen Qualls, DrPH,corresponding author 1 Alexandra Levitt, PhD, 2 Neha Kanade, MPH, 1 ,… Read more »

William
William
6 months ago
Reply to  Kay Kramer

Yes Kay, go on indeed, wear your mask for the rest of your life and believe as you wish.

David Dennison
David Dennison
7 months ago

It’s become nothing but political . Yesterday,when I called the bull**** card on someone when it came to the “report” that,thanks to President Biden, tax-payers were paying for free crack-pipes to “minorities and illegals” addicted to drugs,the conversation (if that’s what you want to call it ) turned to masking,being… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
7 months ago

Great, how bout we just start right now?!

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
7 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

How does this affect you? You’ve never worn a mask.

Fat White Bob
Fat White Bob
7 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

“It’s become nothing but political ” it’s always been political since the day China and the Democrats conspired to release the virus on the World to take down the most powerful man in the World.

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
7 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

LOL 😀

Fat White Bob
Fat White Bob
7 months ago
Reply to  Kay Kramer

I didn’t expect that to be a popular comment. But you’re all safe as I’m vaccinated. Most of my Tea Party friends who smoked are now dead from the virus. They refused to take the jab. So if you’re a heavy smoker if I was you i’d get the jab.

Verne
Verne
7 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

How’s that tinfoil hat doing?

David Dennison
David Dennison
7 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

Fat White Bob If that ex-twice impeached “other guy” was the “most powerful person in the World “,it shows what state this World had become during his laughable short tenure. And worse,and a lot sadder and disturbing,how weak so many people had become in our own Country worshiping him and… Read more »

Fat White Bob
Fat White Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  David Dennison

You could easily be speaking of Biden in your last paragraph.

David Dennison
David Dennison
6 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

Fat White Bob Is that what you’ve been told to say,told to think and do ? Wouldn’t matter who the President is now or would be. Unless it was a trump,the repubs and sounds like you would smash and bash,listening and believing their lies being told to you and hoping… Read more »

mono resident
mono resident
6 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

Paranoia is a treatable condition. I suggest you contact your county mental health office. Unfortunately stupidity does not have a cure but turning off Faux news does reduce symptoms.

David Dennison
David Dennison
6 months ago
Reply to  mono resident

Mono Resident Him too probably thinking and passing on the false info about President Joe Biden over-seeing the mass distribution of “crack pipes”,not only to existing drug addicts to keep up their behavior,but to ALL of us,hoping it will help others not addicted to maybe become addicted to dangerous drugs…how… Read more »

Jubie
Jubie
6 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

Surely you’re jesting here. You don’t really believe this….. or do you? They walk among us folks. Help us all.

Fat White Bob
Fat White Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Jubie

I absolutely believe it. And yes the election was a fraud. It started with the virus which created a path to mail in voting. And there’s no way the mail in voting was on the up and up.

OMG!
OMG!
6 months ago
Reply to  Fat White Bob

The virus was manufactured and released in the world so democrats could have mail in voting!!!???? What!!?? And here I thought the craziest thing I’d hear this year was drinking urine cured Covid. OMG! And is the earth flat and 9-11 an inside job orchestrated by Hunter or Hilary for… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
6 months ago
Reply to  OMG!

OMG Now,I HAVE to believe Fat White Bob stating things, either looking for reaction and attention or he’s just plain coo-coo. But then again….last time I looked up statistics,about 28 % of Americans believe what he says and say the same things. Oh,how far down hill this Country has gone… Read more »

Rezident
Rezident
7 months ago

Cool, maybe we can focus on affordable housing and quality drinking water for the working class in the valley now? Cause that is an emergency that is about to impact a hell of a lot more at risk, economically at risk, that run services everyone else needs to vacation at… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Rezident
mateo
mateo
7 months ago
Reply to  Rezident

I don’t think lifting the mask mandate has anything to do with housing…I mean, what resources are being diverted from housing to the mask mandate?

Rezident
Rezident
7 months ago
Reply to  mateo

Exactly. Why all the focus on a mandate that is pointless anyway because masses are not following it. Meanwhile, society still had these other gangrenous wounds. Good distraction techniques!

P ite
P ite
7 months ago
Reply to  Rezident

Bring me up to date on where the water quality problems are I put 93514 in a cal website and it was not good

Rezident
Rezident
7 months ago
Reply to  P ite

That about sums it up. Water quality and supply is not looking good and not a lot of joy ahead with this drought. Also, many of the local water district infrastructure is failing and they could really use some funds injected, especially in lower income housing areas where the residents… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Rezident
Rezident
Rezident
6 months ago
Reply to  Rezident

Not sure how someone can downvote advocacy for clean water. I mean, it is required for life. Suit yourself though.

FWB
FWB
6 months ago
Reply to  P ite

The canal. I rake all the dog crap into it.

daytripper
daytripper
7 months ago

The order still requires that the unvaccinated wear masks while indoors at public retail spaces, like Vons. Like any of “those people” do it right now. Will they suddenly become socially responsible? No.

Anonemoose
Anonemoose
7 months ago
Reply to  daytripper

Yep, I will still wear a mask when I’m indoors. I do not trust my fellow citizens to do the right thing. So next surge will be in three weeks??

Sami
Sami
6 months ago
Reply to  Anonemoose

Yup, just like every other time they’ve tried to drop guidelines early.

Dan
Dan
7 months ago
Reply to  daytripper

Yeah. It’s a pity they didn’t wait until 0-5yo could be vaccinated, but if the “Pro-life” crowd is all fired up about being unvaccinated and upping their exposure risk, I’m past caring when they pass on.

mateo
mateo
6 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Pro-life or pro-choice? I’m so confused!