California finally has rules for the return to offices as the COVID-19 pandemic eases.
The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved the guidance Thursday, and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order almost immediately after the decision to allow the revisions to take effect without the typical 10-day waiting period and review by the state Office of Administrative Law.
Here are the basics:
Fully vaccinated employees in most workplaces can now stop wearing masks in their places of employment. Exceptions include in transit hubs; healthcare settings and long-term-care facilities; K-12 schools, child-care facilities or other youth settings; homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers; and correctional facilities and detention centers.
Unvaccinated workers will still be required to wear face coverings while indoors or in shared workplace vehicles or employer-provided transportation. Generally, they will be able to take off their masks indoors only if they're alone or eating or drinking.
Workplaces will still be required to provide masks to workers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Employers also will have to provide a respirator such as an N95 mask if an employee who is not yet fully vaccinated requests one.