June 15, 2021: Guidance for Use of Face Coverings
On June 9, 2021 the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its, “Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings (Takes Effect June 15, 2021)”. In some areas there are differences between what is allowed for the general public versus what is required for employers or work environments. California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is anticipated to meet on June 17, 2021 to further refine the workplace requirements.
The City of Rialto along with other adjoining jurisdictions will be making some specific changes with regard to COVID-19 workplace protections now and will evaluate the outcome of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board upcoming meeting to determine a future need for changes. For public safety reasons some departments, operations, and locations may have additional restrictions. The changes noted in this communication are for general employment activities and do not supersede the standards in place for first responders or other specialty work environments.
There will not be any changes to the social distancing requirements indoors, but, effective June 15, 2021 the following changes will take effect for the City work environment unless otherwise modified or amended by the City, County or State:
When Masks Are Not Required
- When an employee is alone in a room
- When all the employees in a room are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms
- While eating or drinking in the workplace (social distancing requirements remain in place)
- When the employee cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition
- When employees are outdoor and can maintain 6’ social distancing (all employees)
- When vaccinated employees are outdoors other than at “mega-events”
When Masks Are Required
- Where vaccinated and unvaccinated employees are mixed indoors (or at an outdoor mega event), all employees must wear face coverings.
- In the following settings masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status under CDPH requirements:
- On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcareand other youth settings.
- Note: This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.
- Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities)
- This includes city facilities used for COVID-19 testing or vaccination purposes
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers, Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers
Visitors and Community Members
Patrons, guests and attendees to City facilities and events should be advised that masks are required for non-vaccinated persons. Masks should be offered to all individuals not wearing masks. Individuals not wearing masks that have been advised and offered a mask should be considered to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry. Prolonged entry into City facilities or entry beyond protective shielding should continue to be permitted only after screening. There are no COVID-19 capacity limitations for City facilities and there are no physical distancing restrictions for attendees, customers, and guests, however employees are still subject to the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards discussed above.
The CDPH as provided the following exemptions to masks requirements and individuals that meet these requirements can self-attest in the same fashion as others at City facilities without masks.
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.