SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – What will California look like after June 15?
For fully vaccinated Californians, face masks will be a thing of the past as they will no longer be required in most situations starting next week when the state fully reopens.
Unvaccinated individuals, however, will still be required to mask up in public indoor settings – including restaurants when not eating or drinking, retail stores, and movie theaters.
At this time, 53% of the state is fully vaccinated, and 65% have at least one dose statewide, California’s top health official Dr. Ghaly announced in a phone conference with media Wednesday.
Here’s a breakdown of the face mask guidance effective June 15:
Guidance for individuals
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
- 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)
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings.
- Note: This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.
- Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers
Additionally, masks are required** for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).
For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information).
**Guidance for businesses, venue operators or hosts
In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:
- Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
- Require all patrons to wear masks.
No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
Exemptions to masks requirements
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons 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.
Dr. Ghaly said the state is “doing quite well,” with hospitalization numbers remaining “very low.”
Masks will continue to be required on transportation including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, and major transportation hubs such as airports and train stations.
Face masks must be worn at health care and long-term facilities, as well as correctional facilities, homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers.
Businesses may choose to verify one’s vaccination status, Dr. Ghaly said.
California’s workplace regulators are set to again reconsider controversial masking rules designed to protect employees against the coronavirus — requirements that business organizations say will make it harder for them to operate when the state fully reopens its economy next week.
A “special meeting” of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board was hastily scheduled for Wednesday after State Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón sent a letter to the panel reiterating the state’s plans to follow federal guidance starting next Tuesday.
The Cal/OSHA board’s regulations apply in almost every workplace in the state, including workers in offices, factories and retail.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.