As of March 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has adjusted the following masking guidance:
- As of March 1st – General Indoor Public Settings – Face Coverings are no longer required for unvaccinated individuals, but still strongly recommended.
CDPH is maintaining the masking requirements in specified high-risk settings, consistent with CDC recommendations. This allows us to continue protecting our most vulnerable populations and the workforce that delivers critical services in these settings. Masks are still required in the following locations for ALL individuals regardless of their vaccination status:
- Healthcare settings;
- Indoors in emergency shelters and cooling/heating centers;
- Long Term Care Settings & Adult and Senior Care Facilities;
- Homeless shelters;
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers;
- On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation).
CDPH is maintaining the requirement that businesses and venue operators, including K-12 school and childcare settings, must allow any individual to wear a mask if they desire to. Additionally, CDPH strongly recommends masks for all persons, regardless of vaccine status, in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).
>> Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, and KF94s) with good fit are still highly recommended
Guidance for Businesses: In workplaces, employers are subject to the CalOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.