The current surge in COVID-19 cases across California has prompted the California Department of Public Health to issue a mask mandate that will extend into February.

The CDPH has mandated that everyone in California wear a mask in indoor public spaces and workplaces through Feb. 15. The order was initially through Jan. 15, but a recent spike in cases driven by the Omicron variant led to the extension.

“We are and continue to be concerned about our hospitals,” Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly told The Associated Press. “Some facilities are going to be strapped.” 

The mask mandate is for all counties and all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. It applies to all retail locations, businesses, bars and restaurants. It is recommended for places of worship.

The CDPH also is recommending that those at higher risk from an infection, or those that are unvaccinated, upgrade the type of mask used. The N95 masks are the most effective, followed by a fitted surgical mask and double masks.

It is recommended that every vaccinated adult 16 years or older should get a booster as long as they received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or they  received their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

Vaccination  appointments  can  be  made  by  visiting  the  MyTurn  website  (myturn.ca.gov)  or calling 1-833-422-4255. The consent of a parent or legal guardian  may be needed for those under age 18 to receive a vaccination. Visit  Vaccinate All 58  to learn more about the safe and effective vaccines available for all Californians 5+.