Costa Mesa officials will consider lifting the city’s mask mandate and following the state’s relaxed guidelines that allow individuals who can be fully vaccinated without face masks in most indoor settings.
The Costa Mesa City Council will consider the decision at its June 1 meeting, more than a year after the mandate was first implemented in April 2020. Violators of the city mandate could face a $ 100 fine.
“As more individuals are vaccinated and the number of cases decreases, and as the state of California prepares to fully reopen the economy, the need for Costa Mesa to have its own regulations regarding face cover has eased,” according to a city report.
The report recommends that once the city revokes the mandate, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) follow guidelines regarding the use of face masks.
According to state regulations, fully vaccinated individuals can visit other fully vaccinated indoors or outdoors without masks or social distance, and should only wear outdoor face masks at crowded public events.
People who are not vaccinated should wear face masks outdoors as social distance cannot be maintained. In indoor environments outside the home, including public transportation, face covering will still be required regardless of the vaccination status, the report reads, except as set forth by the state.
The health and health department requirements of the state and Orange County have become less stringent in the mandate to provide face cover after a significant decrease in CCP virus cases, Chinese hospitalizations and deaths, and an increase in the number of adults carrying the CCP virus vaccine received.
The use of masks during the past year ‘was probably very instrumental in reducing the city’s infection and mortality rate during the worst COVID-19 pandemic,’ according to the city report.
“It also helped ensure that the city’s essential workers, such as critical firefighters and police personnel responsible for dealing with the pandemic, were kept as safe as possible to provide emergency services to the public.”