Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021

SF temporarily tightens universal indoor masking requirement & augments vaccination requirement amid Omicron surge, requiring boosters for workers in dental offices by Feb 1, 2022.

Mayor London Breed N. Breed and SF Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax announced today updates to the Safer Return Together Health Order in response to the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases driven by the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant. Major changes include

(1) SF’s alignment with the State to require boosters among workers in healthcare and high-risk settings, including dental offices  – as well as some additional higher-risk settings not covered by the State requirements – by February 1, 2022,

(2) a temporary suspension of the indoor universal mask exemption that allowed removal of masks for stable groups of 100% fully vaccinated individuals in certain settings (such as offices and gyms), and

(3) a requirement that attendees and staff of indoor mega-events are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters if eligible, starting February 1, 2022.