On June 9, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance for individuals for the use of masks for the prevention of spreading COVID-19. This updated guidance aligns with the masking guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and goes into effect on June 15, 2021.
Under the new CDPH guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a facial covering except in certain settings such as healthcare settings, on public transportation, including but not limited to airplanes, buses, taxis and ride-shares, and indoor in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings, and certain congregate living settings (eg. homeless shelters and detention facilities). The City of Long Beach will align with the State on all masking guidelines.
Facial coverings remain required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses, including but not limited to restaurants, retail establishments and family entertainment centers.
The CDPH also set guidelines for mega events, characterized as indoor events with more than 5,000 people or outdoor events with more than 10,000 people.
Existing State and City mask guidance will remain in place until June 15. A state order changing the existing guidelines is expected by the State before June 15, which the City will align with.