As has been the case throughout much of the coronavirus pandemic, it appears as though California is ready to take a giant leap backwards in terms of medical freedom.
The state, which has ushered forth a slapdash patchwork of precautions and re-cautions over the course of the last 20 months, is now turning back the clock to a time when the pandemic itself wasn’t waning, (as it is now), and requiring everyone to wear a mask no matter their vaccination status.
Citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates since Thanksgiving, the state announced Monday that beginning Wednesday, mask-wearing will become mandatory in all indoor public settings across California regardless of vaccination status.Advertisement - story continues below
The mask mandate, mirroring a requirement already in effect in Los Angeles County and select other counties across the state, will remain in place until Jan. 15.
The state will also toughen the restriction for unvaccinated people who attend indoor “mega-events” of 1,000 people or more, requiring them to receive a negative COVID-19 test within one day of the event if it’s a rapid antigen test or within two days for a PCR test. The current rules require a test within 72 hours of the event.
The move comes just days after Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to downplay the severity of the latest omicron variant of COVID-19.
Around the world, violent protests have begun to explode, as nations continue to implement further lockdowns and coronavirus measures that impact the way of life for their people.