Governor Newsom’s signature on Executive Order N-5-22 updated the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to follow the California Department of Public Health’s indoor masking guidance. The update means that effective March 1, 2022, and consistent with updated California Department of Public Health guidance, masks will no longer be required for vaccinated or unvaccinated workers indoors, with the exceptions noted below.
Exceptions: Masking is Still Required in the Following Settings
Masks remain required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in the following indoor settings. In County facilities, masks are available upon request from your agency/department.
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare (through March 11, 2022).
- On public transit (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (e.g., airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation).
- Emergency shelters, cooling and heating centers.
- Healthcare settings (applies to all healthcare settings, including those not covered by the State Health Officer Order issued on July 26, 2021).
- State/local correctional facilities and detention centers.
- Homeless shelters.
- Long-Term Care Settings, Adult and Senior Care Facilities.