Boosted individuals exempt from San Francisco's indoor mask mandate

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San Francisco updated its COVID-19 Health Order Thursday to exempt boosted individuals from its indoor mask mandate.

Office workers, gym members and individuals in other "stable cohorts" will not be required to wear masks indoors if they are "up to date" on their COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a rule that will be officially adopted Feb. 1.

Those who remain unvaccinated or cannot be vaccinated will still be required to wear masks and show a negative COVID-19 test in public indoor settings.

Mayor London Breed (D) tweeted: "With 82% of our residents fully vaccinated, we are once again at a place where we can ease the mask requirements."

The Safer Together Health Order will alter additional requirements "into closer alignment with current California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements."

This includes allowing individuals to present a negative COVID-19 test as an alternative to proof of vaccination to enter "mega-events," defined as events of more than 500 people. Masking will continue to be required at these events.

The city and county will also allow religious and medical exemptions to vaccination requirements at locations, including indoor restaurants and gyms, if individuals present a negative COVID-19 test.

"The public should be mindful that people in some settings may not be fully vaccinated or boosted and so should use good judgment when attending gatherings or events," the San Francisco Department of Health said in a statement.

"As we come out of this latest surge and face a future in which COVID-19 will remain among us, San Francisco will take a balanced approach in our response to COVID-19 by aligning with state requirements and guidelines where we can do so safely," added Health Officer Susan Philip.