A reflection of a masked passenger boards a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus outside the City Hall in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 6, 2021. (Harika Maddala/ Bay City News)

Wearing masks is no longer required at indoor public spaces in Monterey County, after the board of supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to relinquish the rule, effective immediately.

The board maintained, however, a strong recommendation to wear face coverings at indoor public settings to help reduce virus transmission, according to a news release Tuesday from county officials.

The vote does not affect Monterey County’s requirement that face coverings be worn in all county worksites and facilities by both employees and members of the public.