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California’s new mask mandate

by | Jun 14, 2021 | COVID-19 |

Beginning June 15, fully vaccinated people will be able to resume everyday activities without wearing a mask. Masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses. Masks will be required in some limited situations regardless of vaccination status including on public transit, at schools and childcare centers (pending updated CDC guidance), in healthcare and long-term care facilities, in prisons, and at emergency or homeless shelters.

Individuals over age 2 must wear a face covering when outside their homes unless one of the specified exceptions applies. For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events.

For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events.

In indoor settings outside of one’s home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status.

Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it. A face shield alone cannot be used as a substitute for a face covering.

Employers shall provide face coverings and ensure they are worn by employees over the nose and mouth when indoors, when outdoors and less than six feet away from another person. Employers shall ensure face coverings are clean and undamaged. Employers shall evaluate the need for personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, and face shields, and provide such personal protective equipment as needed. Face shields are not a replacement for face coverings, although they may be worn together for additional protection. Employees exempted from wearing face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability shall wear an effective non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom, if their condition or disability permits it. When using employer-provided transportation, the vehicle operator and any passengers must be provided with and wear a face covering in the vehicle.