As more residents of California continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) made a new announcement yesterday in regards to mask requirements. Cal/OSHA voted 5—1 to end most mask rules for vaccinated individuals in California.
The new ruling states that fully vaccinated people will not need to wear masks, except in locations where they are required for everyone—such as mass transit or classrooms. These new rules apply in nearly every workforce across the Golden State, such as offices, factories, and retailers. Farmworkers were not noted in the news source.
Physical distancing will also no longer be in effect except during potential future outbreaks. According to a report from KCRA, vaccinated will not need to be tested or quarantine unless they show symptoms.
For employers, they need to document that the workers no longer wearing masks are vaccinated. However, it is up to the employer on how they wish to make that information known. Either an employee can self-report that status or be made to show proof of their vaccination. Employers can also decide on whether or not they wish to keep masks in effect.
A recent joint statement from the California Labor Secretary, Julie Su, and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Dee Dee Myers, noted May's employment data for the state—and we wonder if they reflect the current reports of labor shortages.
"California has reopened, and we're ready to roar back. Nine out of 11 sectors added jobs in May, including Leisure and Hospitality, which created more than 50,000 new jobs for the fourth consecutive month,” Myers remarked.
While the state's officials are seeing the numbers rise, we wonder how quickly that will impact the shortages we have heard of for our industry throughout the state.
Governor Newsom issued an executive order waiving the ruling’s usual 10-day legal review. The new rules will take effect as soon as they are filed with the Secretary of State.
The adoption of these rules is intended to help protect workers while businesses resume near-normal activity.
Deli Market News will keep an eye out for more COVID-19-related updates.