The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring the use of face masks indoors for the next four weeks, regardless of the individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
The CDPH says individuals must wear masks in indoor public settings from December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. The requirement applies to all workplaces, regardless of whether they serve the public, or are open to the public, according to the CDPH. The CDPH recommends surgical masks or higher-level respirators.
Note: For local health jurisdictions that had preexisting mask requirements irrespective of vaccine status for indoor public settings, prior to December 13, 2021, those local health orders continue to apply.
The following individuals are exempt from the state requirement:
- Those younger than two years old (because of the risk of suffocation).
- Those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask.
- Those who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Those 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 workplace safety guidelines.
Additionally, exceptions apply in the following circumstances:
- While actively eating or drinking.
- When working alone in a closed office or room.
- When performing at indoor live or recorded settings or events such as music, acting, or singing.
- When obtaining a medical or cosmetic service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the services.
- When wearing respiratory protection, per Cal/OSHA requirements.
Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.