Contact UsRecently the California state government announced that it would be lifting mask mandates at a statewide level. The California Department of Public Health seeks to bring California in line with the CDC’s recent recommendations of allowing those who are vaccinated to forgo their masks in most settings.
The issued a release clarifies that though the requirement for masks will be relaxes, masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status for those who are:
- On public transit;
- Indoors in K-12 schools and childcare;
- Healthcare settings;
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers; and
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers.
Cal/OSHA has considered issuing guidelines that will still require all employees in a workplace to wear masks unless everyone in a given room is fully vaccinated; however, that proposal has so far been withdrawn, but could potentially be revived. Of note, Cal/OSHA is an independent board in the state government, and while Governor Newsom does have the ability to step in and change those regulations, he has indicated in a recent press conference that he is not likely to do so.
The state has still not issued any capacity guidelines that would restrict large gatherings as of June 10th, thus it is expected that normal group activities shall continue without restrictions.
To date, Governor Newsom maintains his emergency powers as the COVID-19 virus is still present. As such, he maintains his authority to reimpose mandates if they become necessary as the situation continues to develop (e.g. the various international variants, which so far the vaccine is effective against).
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