Counties throughout California are making a detour on the street to easing COVID-19 restrictions.
Los Angeles County
On July 16, 2021, Los Angeles County issued an Order of the Health Officer (“the Order”) that requires all individuals to put on face masks whereas in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and companies (i.e., workplace workplaces, retail, eating places, theaters, conferences), with restricted exceptions. In indoor settings the place there’s shut contact with unvaccinated people, the Order recommends that folks think about carrying the next stage of safety, equivalent to two masks (“double masking”) or a KN95 or N95 respirator. Along with requiring face masks of all patrons, hosts of public indoor settings should additionally clearly publish seen and legible signage, no matter whether or not worker(s) are current, in any respect entry factors for indoor and outside settings to speak the masking requirement.
The Order overrides the extra permissive Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) relating to worker masking. Sure workers could also be exempt from carrying a masks when performing particular duties that can’t feasibly be carried out whereas carrying a masks. This exception is restricted to the time frame wherein such duties are literally being carried out. Staff who can not feasibly put on a masks whereas performing their work have to be examined for COVID-19 a minimum of twice per week, until the employer is supplied proof of the worker’s full vaccination in opposition to COVID-19, or proof of restoration from laboratory-confirmed COVD-19 throughout the previous 90 days.
Bay Space Counties
On July 16, 2021, seven Bay Space counties—Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma—in addition to the Metropolis of Berkeley, issued a joint statement recommending that everybody, no matter vaccination standing, put on face masks in public indoor areas as an added layer of safety for unvaccinated residents from COVID-19, together with the quickly spreading Delta variant, and to simply confirm that each one unvaccinated persons are masked in these settings. The joint assertion urged companies to undertake common masking necessities for patrons to offer protections to workers and clients, and likewise cited ETS’ face protecting necessities within the office.
Signifying a rising development throughout California, a number of different counties have issued comparable statements strongly recommending that masks be worn indoors, no matter vaccination standing, together with Monterey, Napa, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, who issued a joint statement, and Yolo, Sacramento, Fresno, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
What Employers Ought to Do Now
California employers ought to:
- Evaluation their COVID-19 security protocols, holding in thoughts that even the place common masking is advisable and never required, employers have an obligation to offer a secure and wholesome office;
- Revise or concern a short lived complement to their written COVID-19 Prevention Packages to mirror any mandates, suggestions or steering of their jurisdiction, significantly as to face masking; and
- Replace COVID-19 security coaching supplies to mirror new procedures, in accordance with any mandates, suggestions or steering of their jurisdiction, significantly with regard to masking.
Most importantly, employers in Los Angeles County should implement a mask-wearing requirement for all workers within the office no matter vaccination standing.