Mask mandate returns for California lawmakers, staff

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, California Highway Patrol Officer S. Arellano wears a face mask as he and other officers form a line around at anticipation of a protest rally at the the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the mask mandate was reinstated for all legislators and staff entering the Capitol regardless of their vaccination status after nine new COVID-19 cases was reported last week. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At least nine people who work at the California state Capitol tested positive for the coronavirus last week, including four who are fully vaccinated, triggering a return of the mask mandate for lawmakers and staff.