One week from today, after some 15 months of living under an ever-evolving set of coronavirus restrictions, California is set to reopen. Full stop.
Well, almost full stop.
Capacity restrictions on businesses are going away. There will be no more color-coded tiers. And although Gov. Gavin Newsom initially had indicated that the state’s mask mandate would remain in place even after other restrictions had been lifted, officials have since said that Californians will no longer have to wear masks, unless a private business decides to continue requiring them.
There are, however, some complexities that you or your employer might be sorting out right now.
Last week, after what Politico reported was a long and at times confusing meeting, a state board regulating workplace safety approved new standards for mask-wearing at work. And although the new rules are slightly looser than previously, they still require some masking.
Here’s what you need to know.
If I’m going into work, will I have to wear a mask? Even if I’m vaccinated?
detailed state tracker. But fewer low-income Californians have been vaccinated than those who live in communities designated as wealthier and healthier — meaning that many in-person essential workers could still be at risk.
When do the rules go into effect?
June 15, although the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board could still revise them in coming weeks. Newsom could overrule them — say, to loosen the rules to more closely align with federal guidance — but he hasn’t said that he plans to do so, according to The Sacramento Bee.