California May Require Masks For Indoor Workers Until 2022
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
California in mid-June will lift many of the coronavirus restrictions that residents have grown accustomed to. But the state's workforce regulators are taking a more cautious approach and could require face masks indoors where unvaccinated people are present.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health in May proposed that employers keep mask and social distancing requirements in some settings until early next year, a departure from Gov. Gavin Newsom's guidance.
The agency also recommended that the state keep a July 31 deadline to update employer pandemic safety rules instead of lifting some coronavirus restrictions on June 15.
The agency proposed the following guidelines.
- Fully vaccinated employees could forgo face masks in a room where everyone else is vaccinated.
- Masks would be required if the status of all employees was unknown.
- Employers would need to supply N95 masks for those who are not fully vaccinated and for those working alongside them indoors.
- The extended masking requirement may also require employers to track vaccination status.
Category: COVID-19, Vaccines, California