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Alameda County to Reinstate Public Indoor Mask Mandate Beginning June 3rd

Businesses here don’t want them because they cut into business, but look what happened – they brought them back’

By Evan Symon, June 2, 2022 9:52 pm

The Alameda County Public Health Department announced on Thursday that they would be reinstating the mask mandate for most indoor public places in the County.

According to a statement from the County Public Health Department, the move to reinstate masking comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases in Alameda County has shot drastically up in the past several weeks, surpassing last summers Delta variant wave and already encroaching on the number of cases from the 2021-2022 winter surge. The County is averaging between 800-900 new cases a day with 102 people currently being hospitalized for contracting the virus. Both figures are up by 20% from only a few weeks ago.

While the County has become the first to reinstate mandatory indoor masking since the end of the winter surge earlier this year, there will be exceptions in the County. K-12 schools will not be covered by the mandate with it already being the end of the school year, and with the city of Berkeley also not falling under the mandate due to them having their own public health department. However, all other areas, including Oakland, fall under the new mandate.

“Rising COVID cases in Alameda County are now leading to more people being hospitalized and today’s action reflects the seriousness of the moment,” said Alameda County public health officer Nicholas Moss in the Thursday press statement. “We cannot ignore the data, and we can’t predict when this wave may end. Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities.

“We held off doing this as long as we felt it was reasonable, but with the numbers continuing to go up and when we started to see concerning signals, we felt we needed to act.”

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Colleen Chawla also noted that “We thank Alameda County residents, employers, and businesses for continuing to rise to the challenge in response to this pandemic. Unfortunately, COVID has not gone away and once again, we must take measures to protect ourselves, friends and community members, and employees and patrons from this very infectious virus.”

Negative reaction to the return of the indoor mask mandate

However, many citizens and business owners in Alameda County seriously questioned the return of the mask mandate on Thursday, with many reacting negatively to the Department’s decision.

“No. No no no no no,” said Lucinda Jackson, a local East Bay business owner who said her businesses only returned to the black for the first time since early 2020 just last month, to the Globe on Thursday. “They said it wouldn’t happen again. They said on TV masks wouldn’t be back. Everyone was saying they wouldn’t be back. Businesses here don’t want them because they cut into business. But look what happened. They brought them back.”

“This is the same government that right after all the BLM protests, said to go out and support black owned businesses. And now, by putting the mandates back, they are hurting us. This isn’t a one-dimensional issue. Putting the mandates back have consequences way beyond health, which, we should note, isn’t hospitalizing nearly as many people now. This makes me ashamed of my County.”

Meanwhile, other public health departments across the state have either been noting a higher number of cases or also toying with returning a county-wide mask mandate.

“If we continue on the current trajectory, we could find that cases and hospitalizations end up exerting stress on our healthcare system within just a few weeks,” explained Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer last week.

Outside of California, mask mandate returns, such as the one implemented by Philadelphia, were met with such a negative reaction from the public that they got rid of them only a few days later.

As of Thursday, there is no current end date to the renewed Alameda County masking mandate.

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17 thoughts on “Alameda County to Reinstate Public Indoor Mask Mandate Beginning June 3rd

  1. This is complete and total you-know-what.
    These public health officers are a danger to public health.

  2. No. No and No!
    BTW, most of the people in Alameda county never took their masks off. They need to look for the real reason people are in the hospital , masks do not work, end stop!!

  3. Simply DO NOT COMPLY. Mandates and mask wearing is NOT codified law. ONLY THE LEGISLATION CAN MAKE LAW. (read that again) The only law for wearing a useless and conveniently-ignored-decades of scientific studies of the ineffectiveness of mask wearing against respiratory viruses, is on Federal property, by one of too many executive orders. If after two shots (they’re not “vaccines”, as a true vaccine prevents/protects you from catching the attenuated virus you’re being injected with) and 2-3 boosters, and people are STILL catching this cold/flu like virus, with a 98+% recovery rate, what makes you think wearing a dehumanizing face diaper is going to help. COMPLIANCE TO THESE UNLAWFUL “ORDERS/MANDATES” ONLY PROLONG THIS NIGHTMARE. Again, simply: Do Not Comply. May God give you the courage…

  4. They love the mask. They hate God, life, other people, and themselves. Let’s admit it, the mask has been their greatest gift, the logical consummation of their virtue signing religion. The got exactly what they wanted in their pristine austerity. Isn’t that how it goes? Except that they will never admit to themselves that they are no longer free human beings. Others must oppose it, not for their sakes, but for your own.

  5. Alameda County Public Health Officer Nicholas Moss said “We cannot ignore the data, and we can’t predict when this wave may end. Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities.” Where the scientific proof to back up that statement? Many of us wonder whether Alameda County public health officer Nicholas Moss and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Colleen Chawla are getting payoffs to continue this medical tyranny? They need to be accountable for their crimes against humanity?

  6. Speaking of LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer… considering that she holds a bachelors degree and doctorate in social justice and a mere Masters in Public Health, I studied more real science to earn my bachelors degree in mechanical engineering than she ever has.

  7. If my neighbor is neurotic I am not required to also be neurotic.
    Just don’t wear the mask. Period. They will roll this out for the rest of our lives if we keep rewarding them by doing their bidding. It’s ENOUGH, okay?

  8. I live in Alameda County. This is so depressing. A big problem is that selfish, stupid people around here who want the govt to protect them from every possible bad thing. No one is even sick around here, and if they are, it’s a spring cold.

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