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One Size Mask Mandate No Longer Fits All

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated their face mask requirements for unvaccinated individuals as of March 1, 2022. Now, rather than mandating the use of face masks indoors for unvaccinated individuals, an unvaccinated individual now is strongly recommended to wear a face mask in most indoor settings (excluding high-risk settings), not required. This change has brought California in line with other West Coast States.

In light of this new face mask guidance, Governor Newsome issued an Executive Order just this week, that suspended Cal/OSHA’s ETS face mask requirement for unvaccinated employees while indoors or in company owned vehicles, and outlines that employers are required to comply with any masking orders issued from the CDPH. However, other sections of the Cal/OSHA ETS that require face coverings in certain scenarios, such as healthcare workers or a company that is having or had a Covid-19 outbreak,  have not been suspended, so it is important for employers to understand when face coverings are still required in the workplace.

Given this change it is important for employers & businesses to know what the current face mask requirements are to ensure compliance. Do know that local cities and counties, as well as employers may still issue their own requirements for masks which may be stricter than the CDPH requires. Please check with your county for guidance that must be prioritized for local businesses. For more information on what applies to your company, contact the the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.

The material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute, legal advice or promise similar outcomes. For information on your particular circumstances, please contact  Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.


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