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Concern about potential COVID-19 holiday surge prompts new statewide indoor masking requirement

A mandatory indoor mask requirement for everyone regardless of vaccination status goes into effect at 5 p.m. Friday in Santa Barbara County.
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A mandatory statewide indoor mask requirement for everyone regardless of vaccination status takes effect Wednesday.

Tri-Counties already has requirement in place.

Concerns about a COVID-19 surge during the holidays prompted the state to announce that masks will be mandatory indoors in public settings regardless of vaccination status for the next month.

Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties already had the requirement in place. But, as of Wednesday it will be mandatory for all of the state’s 58 counties, even ones where the indoor mask requirement had been lifted. State Public Health officials say the requirement will be in place from December 15 to January 15.

The state also will require those who are unvaccinated attending events with a thousand people or more undergo testing closer to the event.

There’s a recommendation that people visiting from out of state get tested. And, if you are traveling out of state for the holidays, it’s being suggested you get checked when you return.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.