The Gavin Newsom administration in California has issued an order telling residents of the state in the southwestern United States to wear a headscarf in all public places.
The regulation, which will apply from Wednesday to January 15, also applies to those who have been vaccinated. The move comes at a time when the number of new coronavirus infections per capita in California has risen 47 percent in the past two weeks, according to the Associated Press and AFP.
California canceled the mandatory use of blinds when vaccinating people on June 15. However, counties including Los Angeles and San Francisco have enacted their own indoor canopy regulations due to the sharp increase in coronavirus infections due to the spread of new variants.
Other densely populated areas, such as Orange and San Diego, have complied with the national duty to wear headscarves only in certain public places, such as airports, hospitals or schools, but not in stores, restaurants or movie theaters.
According to Reuters, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeded 50 million on Sunday since the outbreak began.
Nearly half of the United States has confirmed omicron infection, but the delta variant still accounts for 99 percent of current cases, said Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to California, they have imposed similar restrictions in New York City.
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