The California state Capitol has reinstated its mask mandate for all legislators and staff, regardless of vaccination status, after an outbreak of nine new COVID-19 cases was reported among employees last week.
Effective immediately, masks will have to be worn in the Capitol, Legislative Office Building and district offices.
Unvaccinated members and employees will also be required to get tested for the virus twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning July 8. The rapid antigen testing will be conducted in the Capitol from 7 to 9 a.m.
Vaccinated members are also encouraged to get tested if they want. Four of the nine recent cases were among those who have been fully vaccinated.
The Senate has a fully vaccinated rate of 85% among all its employees, while the Assembly has reported an 84% rate. Members and staff had previously been asked to submit their vaccination status to Capitol Health Services.