San Francisco plans to lift the indoor mask mandate for certain settings beginning Oct. 15, the city announced Thursday, in a move that could boost some companies' efforts to bring workers back to offices in the tech hub.
The updated health rules will mean masks won't be required in offices, gyms, fitness centers, corporate shuttles, religious gatherings and indoor college classes as long as everyone is vaccinated. Masks also won't be required in other places where people meet regularly. However, this only applies to venues where there are no more than 100 people present.
"This is an important step forward, particularly for our downtown, because it will allow offices to have more normal routines and interactions," San Francisco Mayor London Breed wrote in a tweet. "Our economy is bouncing back, the City feels like it is coming alive again, and this is yet another milestone in our recovery."