CA demands masks for unvaccinated people indoors, in businesses – Deadline

UPDATE with the latest: California again updated its masking guidelines on Wednesday. The news comes after a series of puzzling announcements on the subject from state and federal officials and just hours before another announcement that could replace guidance issued by state officials.

Orientation released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health indicates that starting June 15, fully vaccinated people will be able to resume their daily activities without wearing a mask. Masks will be required for unvaccinated people in indoor public places and businesses. Masks will also be required in certain limited situations, regardless of vaccination status. These exceptions include public transportation, schools and daycares (pending update of CDC guidelines), health and long-term care facilities, prisons, and emergency or homeless shelters. .

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Los Angeles County health officials announced shortly after that LA would align with the state’s masking guidelines.

But there is an asterisk.

In the workplace, employers are subject to warrants issued by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal / OSHA and its Covid-19 Temporary emergency standards (ETS) or the CalOSHA Standard on Aerosol Transmitted Diseases. Those standards have yet to be finalized, although Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state will reopen next Tuesday.

A special meeting of the Cal / OSHA Standards Council will be held Wednesday evening to discuss the guidelines just announced by the CA Department of Public Health. It is the decision of this council which will impose the operational requirements, and not the new directives of the ministry of public health.

California Health and Human Services Director Dr Mark Ghaly would have said on Wednesday that the new state guidelines were not intended to push the board in one way or another in its decision on required masking for employees. It is simply intended to explain the administration’s position with respect to the CDC guidelines. But the timing of the release – just hours before the Cal / OSHA board meeting – seems curious. It’s, to say the least, probably confusing for California residents and businessmen trying to make plans longer than seven days.

According to new state guidelines, in environments where masks are only required for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, site operators or hosts are permitted to:

-Allow vaccinated people to self-certify that they are in compliance before entry

-Implement vaccine verification to determine if individuals are required to wear a mask

-Require all customers to wear masks

An important caveat: the HQ guidelines state that “no one can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participating in an activity or entering a business”.

Some people are exempt from wearing masks, regardless of their vaccination status. They include:

-Persons under two years old

-People with a health problem, mental health problem or disability that prevents the wearing of a mask

-People who are hard of hearing or who communicate with someone who is hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication

-People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state or federal regulators or occupational safety guidelines

PREVIOUS June 1: Earlier last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom assured Californians that masks would soon be phased out for fully vaccinated residents. When asked by a reporter if there would be a mask warrant after June 15, the usually talkative Newsom quickly replied, “No.” He then listed a few rare circumstances where masks would still be needed.

The next day, the governor qualified his assurance by saying: “For indoor activities, we will probably still have mask warrants. But the hope is that these will be lifted as soon as possible. “

That Newsom got out on his skis is understandable. He faces a recall election and, like the rest of us, is trying to interpret the mixed signals from the CDC and President Biden.

But a committee tasked with recommending Covid safety measures to the CA Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (CalOSHA), advises in a new draft document that the masking in the workplace is expected to continue after June 15.

The document states, in part, that “employers must provide face coverings and ensure that they are worn by employees over the nose and mouth indoors, outdoors and within six feet. from another person… ”The main exceptions to this rule would be“ When an employee is alone in a room, or when all people in a room are fully vaccinated and do not show symptoms of Covid-19 ”, or when“ The employees [are] wear respirators… ”

The result of these restrictions would be that unvaccinated employees would have to wear masks at work. In addition, the presence of an unvaccinated person in a room full of otherwise vaccinated employees would mean that everyone must wear a mask. Employers may also be required to determine who is vaccinated and who is not. Talk about peer pressure.

In addition, CDC guidelines published this weekend advises unvaccinated people to wear masks “whenever you are indoors or outdoors with people who do not live with you”.

Regarding physical distancing, the HQ recommendations state that, until July 31, 2022, “all employees should be separated from other people by at least six feet” unless respirators are worn.

There is no suggested end date on the CA mask recommendations. They will be discussed at a meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Council on Thursday morning. The seven members of this panel are appointed by Governor Newsom.

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