From left, Claire Ramsey, Hernan Morales and Njeri Karanja wear masks at Lake Merritt in Oakland on Wednesday.
Christine Molina has continued to wear masks indoors all along, but says the new guidance is a “bummer.”.
The latest twist came Wednesday, when California recommended that everyone wear masks once again in indoor public spaces.
In the Bay Area, where universal masking recommendations have been in effect for all counties but Solano for nearly two weeks, many people interviewed by The Chronicle on Wednesday expressed near-unanimous support for masking up again for the sake of protecting others — especially younger children, who aren’t eligible to be vaccinated yet.
In San Francisco, meanwhile, Mayor London Breed said Wednesday the city is considering mandating masks for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
“I’m happy to wear this and I’m happy to stay alive,” said Maksim Grats, who along with his wife, Tatyana Grats, wore black fabric masks at the West Portal Starbucks, even while other customers were sitting inside bare faced.
The couple said they were trying to persuade a handyman who does work for them to get vaccinated, so far unsuccessfully.
Morales, who works as a cook, said that at his restaurant, he and his co-workers have been wearing masks the whole time.
Cynthia Kear of San Francisco said she had already gone back to indoor masking, ahead of any rules that required it.
Both are in favor of the new masking guidance and have kept wearing masks indoors in public spaces despite already being vaccinated.
Christine Molina and Njeri Karanja of Oakland have also continued wearing masks indoors, such as at the grocery store and nail salon.