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California lifts workplace mask requirements for fully vaccinated employees

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted Thursday to allow fully vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks and physical distancing in the workplace. (Ashley Kenney/Photo editor)

By Christine Tran and Victoria Ke Li

June 17, 2021 6:12 p.m.

Fully vaccinated workers can stop mask-wearing and physical distancing in the workplace, according to new guidelines approved Thursday. 

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved revised COVID-19-related worksite guidelines Thursday with a 5-1 vote.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Thursday to forgo the usual 10-day review period after a standard is approved by the board and instead the rules will go into effect as soon as they are filed with the secretary of state.

The change comes after California lifted mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals in most public settings Tuesday, in line with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier in May.

[Related: California to enter final stage of reopening plan, relaxing mask requirements

Approved standards from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health still require all unvaccinated employees to wear masks indoors unless they are alone, eating and drinking or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. Employers must provide masks to unvaccinated workers if requested.

The standards also hold employers responsible for enforcing state COVID-19 guidelines and reporting outbreaks to the local health department. Clear partitions to reduce COVID-19 transmission are also no longer required in the workplace. 

In a campuswide email Tuesday, UCLA administrators said all fully vaccinated UCLA employees are no longer required to wear face coverings after the guidelines are approved Thursday, even if unvaccinated co-workers are present. Physical distancing will be used only in the event of an outbreak, administrators added. 

In the past month, there have been more than 10,000 workplace infections and 700 workplace outbreaks in California, said Eric Berg, Cal/OSHA deputy chief of health at the board meeting.

Employers in California may choose to verify employees’ vaccination statuses by requiring either proof or self-reporting. They may also continue requiring masks in the workplace, regardless of employees’ vaccination statuses.

The new Cal/OSHA guidelines also expand the definition of fully vaccinated individuals to include those who received any vaccine allowed for emergency use by the World Health Organization, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Christine Tran | Alumnus
Tran was the 2021-2022 national news and higher education editor in addition to being a contributor for Enterprise. She was also a fourth-year political science student at UCLA.
Tran was the 2021-2022 national news and higher education editor in addition to being a contributor for Enterprise. She was also a fourth-year political science student at UCLA.
Victoria Ke Li | Editor in chief
Li is the 2022-2023 editor in chief. She was previously the 2021-2022 assistant News editor on the Science and Health beat and a contributor for News, Illustrations, Design and Photo. They are also a fourth-year human biology and society student from San Diego, CA minoring in public health and professional writing.
Li is the 2022-2023 editor in chief. She was previously the 2021-2022 assistant News editor on the Science and Health beat and a contributor for News, Illustrations, Design and Photo. They are also a fourth-year human biology and society student from San Diego, CA minoring in public health and professional writing.
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