California regulators on Thursday released a new recommendation that allowed fully vaccinated employees to take off their masks while they are off the job.
Under a revised regulation approved by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks, except in public transportation and schools.
The regulation also removed the need for physical distancing, except in the event of a major coronavirus outbreak. Vaccinated employees would not be tested or quarantined unless they exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19, even if they have recently come into close contact with an infected person.
While employers can require their workers to show proof of vaccination, they may also choose to allow employees to self-report their status. However, they would need to keep a record of those who self-report.