Here Are California’s New Mask Rules

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California has fully reopened Tuesday, allowing most businesses to operate at full capacity and vaccinated people to walk mask-free in most settings. 

The state of California has issued new mask guidance that took effect on June 15. Under the new guidance, which was based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are still required to use face masks in indoor public settings and businesses. 

People who are fully vaccinated can ditch face coverings in most situations, including going to the grocery store or to the gym. 

However, the wearing of face masks would still be required in some situations, according to San Francisco Gate:

  • On public transit including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and hailed rides. 
  • In transportation hubs, such as airports, bus terminals, marinas, train stations and subway stations.
  • Schools and child-care centers
  • Health care and long-term care facilities
  • Prisons
  • Homeless shelters, cooling centers

Under the new recommendations, businesses can put up signages requiring unvaccinated and vaccinated people to wear masks. 

Danielle Joyce Ong

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