Cal/OSHA Recommends Employers Encourage Employees to Wear a Face Covering Regardless of Vaccination Status

In an August 25, 2021, News Release, Cal/OSHA encourages employers and workers to follow the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) most recent guidance recommending that all individuals wear face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Notwithstanding this recommendation, certain businesses and organizations are required to enforce face-covering mandates for their employees, regardless of vaccination status, including health care settings, K-12 schools, daycares, state and local correctional facilities and detention centers, homeless shelters, and Long Term Care Settings & Adult and Senior Care Facilities. All unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear a face-covering in indoor public settings and businesses.

California employers must also be mindful of any local order requiring individuals to wear a face-covering regardless of vaccination status. The County of Los Angeles, County of San Francisco, County of Sonoma, City of Berkeley, and the City of Pasadena are just a handful of counties and cities that have a mask mandate order in effect.

In addition to continuing to comply with the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, California employers should ensure they are monitoring and reviewing any local order requiring individuals to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status. Please contact the California Legal Services team at with any questions about face covering obligations for your organization.