June 18, 2021
California lifted its mask requirements for most vaccinated workers and eased mandates for those who have not received a COVID vaccination, but employers will face new responsibilities.
Gov. Gavin Newsom quickly enacted the updates via executive order after the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted the revisions in a 5–1 decision.
Biggest rule changes end the mask requirement for fully vaccinated workers in most situations. Unvaccinated workers are now allowed to go maskless outdoors but are still required to wear face coverings indoors. The changes apply to most workers in California, except for health-care workers, who are covered by a separate airborne disease rule that is not being changed.
New Employer Requirements:
Social distancing and physical partitions are not required if everyone working indoors is fully vaccinated or wearing a mask. However, employers must consider separating workers by at least six feet or using partitions if at least three workers become infected within two weeks. Partitions will be mandatory if there are 20 or more COVID-19 cases within 30 days.