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In Response to New CDC Guidelines, CDPH Recommends Masking for Public Indoor Settings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 and the Delta Variant
In response to the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and new CDC guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible and deadly Delta variant, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for Face Coverings, recommending mask use for indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status.
Governor Signs Executive Order to Expedite Cal/OSHA’s Revised Workplace Masking Guidance
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will expedite Cal/OSHA’s revised workplace masking and social distancing prevention requirements. This order follows an approval vote by Cal/OSHA on workplace guidelines that occurred earlier today. This order now puts workplaces in-line with guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, which ended most mask rules for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on June 15, 2021. While all social distancing requirements have been dropped, fully vaccinated employees are no longer required to wear masks indoors at their places of work, except where required by the state (such as public transit) or if required by their employers. Employees who are not vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors or where required by their employer. In addition, employers must document which employees are vaccinated by allowing employees to self-report on their inoculation status, as well as provide testing and approved face coverings, such as N95 masks, to unvaccinated workers. READ MORE