On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance regarding masks. The CDC has stated that masks and social distancing are no longer required for fully vaccinated people. The caveat to this is the guidance that people must still follow state, local, tribal or territorial rules and regulations. This includes local business and workplace guidance. What does this mean for California employers? 

While the California Department of Public Health released state guidance on May 3, the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is still the reigning regulation for California employers at this time. There have been no changes (yet) to this standard. This means that employees, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks in the workplace, except if they are in a contained office with the door closed. The full ETS guidance can be found here

California state officials released new proposed guidance and updates to the ETS on May 7, 2021. These proposed updates were supposed to be put to a vote today, May 20. We have just learned that the vote has been postponed. There is not a new date at this time. HRDR is continuing to monitor these changes and will keep you updated as new information is released.