Mandatory Mask Use Required by State

As businesses begin to open and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, California Governor Newsom made public mask wearing mandatory on June 18. Masks have been shown to reduce the spread of the disease and are particularly important in stopping the spread by infected people who are asymptomatic.

Among the restrictions stated in the new order:

People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk

situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space (unless exempted by state guidelines)

  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank (unless directed otherwise by an employer or healthcare professional);

  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;

  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when: – Interacting in-person with any member of the public; – Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; – Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; – Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; – In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.

  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.

  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

Get the State's full Guidance Sheet here >>