By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California’s indoor mask mandate has been extended until next month, public health leaders announced on Wednesday.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Health and Human Services Secretary, said increased hospital admissions are concerning.

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While it was set to expire on Jan. 15, a surge in COVID-19 cases after the holidays along with the emergence of the omicron variant prompted has prompted a new wave of worries about the virus’ transmission.

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The mandate means everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to wear masks in indoor settings.

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Ghaly said the mandate will stay in place until Feb. 15.