Temporary California workplace rules will require that workers are only allowed to remove their masks if every employee in the room with them received coronavirus vaccinations, according to The Associated Press (AP).
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Cal/OSHA) Board devised and approved the rules Thursday night, The AP reported. At the Thursday meeting, the board initially voted 4 to 3 in rejection of any rule changes, but board chairman David Thomas pointed out that leaving the old rules intact would keep face masks and social distancing requirements for all employees intact, despite the state’s attempt at reopening. The board subsequently voted to change the rules so that all employees in a given room must be vaccinated if they’re to take off their masks, according to The AP.
Regulations created by Cal/OSHA are applicable in nearly every workplace across California, whether it’s in retail, manufacturing, or other office places, The AP reported. The measures reportedly apply to all employees who work with other people in a workplace but not those who work remotely.
The new rules will come into effect on June 15, the same day Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom planned to move reopening forward, pending an ample supply of vaccine doses and low hospitalizations. Newsom faces a recall election later this year — at least in part — because of his strict lockdowns. However, Newsom has also alleged that racism is fueling the effort to recall him.