Tuesday, 08 June 2021 20:36

Mask Requirements Remain for California Workers

Written by Cole Lauterbach, The Center Square


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California’s workplace safety department says workers must wear masks unless all employees are confirmed to have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved revised guidelines June 3, stressing it is likely to revisit them as the state’s anticipated June 15 “reopening date” draws closer. The changes are set to take effect June 15 but could be approved earlier.


Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines saying vaccinated people shouldn’t have to wear masks in the company of others, OSHSB approved standards that said workers who are vaccinated but in a workplace with one or more unvaccinated employees have to keep masks on. 


The standards apply to nearly all businesses in California except industries that require more stringent safeguards, remote businesses and single-employee entities.


Employees at outdoor “mega events” with more than 10,000 attendees will have to stay masked. This mandate applies to things such as outdoor concert workers or theme park employees.


Employers no longer will be required to mandate physical distancing for workers but only if they offer respirators such as N95 masks to unvaccinated workers for voluntary use. This proposal was criticized by employers who said the mandate would be costly and ineffective.


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