Effective tomorrow, December 15, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating their face mask guidance in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during this holiday season in light of the new Coronavirus variant, Omnicron. Starting on Wednesday, face coverings will be required to be worn in all indoor public settings, regardless of your vaccination status for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021- January 15, 2022).
While many counties already have an indoor mask mandate or other mask mandates in place depending on the circumstances, this statewide mandate for the next month aims to provide an additional layer of protection in an effort to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Californians, especially in light of increased travel; keep schools open for in-person instruction; and allow California’s economy to remain open and thrive.
The CDPH continues to encourage all individuals to go get vaccinated if not already, which includes getting the Covid-19 booster shot, when eligible. With the increase in variants of the Coronavirus, Covid-19 remains a serious concern throughout the United States and especially California where cases are on the rise again. While religious and medical exemptions may apply, it is important employees and employers discuss potential exemptions to provide for accommodations where applicable.
For more information, about how this updated face mask mandate impacts your business, to ensure your Covid-19 prevention policies are current and updated in time for the New Year, or how to handle an exemption request or request for accommodation to this mask mandate, contact your local Employment Attorneys at Chauvel & Glatt.
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