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Santa Cruz County Mask Mandate To Include Private Homes

by The Chicago Times Staff

November 23, 2021

SANTA CRUZ, CA — Santa Cruz County has implemented a mask mandate that includes a controversial order that face coverings be warn in private homes regardless of vaccination status.

Indoor masking is required not only in public places and enterprises, but also in private homes.

Residents are forced to mask up, regardless of vaccination status, if anyone who does not normally live in the home is on the premises.  According to the mandate, violating the new health requirements could result in a fine, imprisonment, or both—making the mandate highly controversial.

Coronavirus cases in the county have increased by 29% in the last two weeks, according to health officials, who forecast more increases from a potential “winter surge.”