City of Pasadena Implements New Mask Mandate

Less than a week after Los Angeles County implemented its mask mandate, the City of Pasadena followed suit. In response to an increase in its average daily incident case rate by 586% of COVID-19 since California reopened on June 15, 2021, and reaching “Substantial Transmission Level” under the CDC’s Indicators for Levels of Community Transmission, the City of Pasadena implemented a new mask mandate. The “Order for Wearing of Face Masks in Public Settings” became effective July 22, 2021, 12:01AM, and will continue until rescinded in writing by the Health Officer.

The Order directs all individuals to wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status. This includes all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and businesses, including but not limited to “offices, retail, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers, and state and local government offices serving the public.”  The Order specifies limited exemptions to the mask mandate.

Under the Order, businesses must require all patrons to wear face masks for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status; make masks available to patrons, and post clearly visible and easy-to-read signage at all entry points for indoor and outdoor settings to communicate the making requirements.

The City of Pasadena’s new mask mandate takes precedence over the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) relating to face masks. Employers Council members with operations in the City of Pasadena can contact the California Legal Services team at for assistance.