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Masking is now optional in indoor and outdoor public settings in Baja California, Gov. Marina del Pilar Ávila announced last week.

The announcement came after a “notable decrease in infections and severity of COVID-19,” according to a news release.

Ávila released the news in a video posted on her social media. “There will no longer be the obligation to use it in any public space, whether indoor or outdoor,” she said.

She urged the community to get vaccinated, saying that “this is the best way for us to continue along this route.”

She also recognized health workers who have been fighting the pandemic for more than two years.

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As of this week, more than 2.6 million eligible persons have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Baja California. The vaccine is available for those over age 12.

Baja California Health Secretary José Adrián Medina Amarillas said Wednesday that officials will continue to monitor the number of cases. “Depending on the evolution, we will make timely decisions as to whether we have to go back with this recommendation or add others.”

Baja California is currently in the low-risk green tier. As of last week, 140 active cases were reported statewide.

Julián Palombo, president of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of Tijuana, welcomed the measure and said he hoped it would favor commerce and tourism.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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