Once an employee is vaccinated, do they need to continue to wear face coverings and engage in other infection control measures?

On June 17, 2021, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) adopted revisions to its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard, which governs COVID-19-related workplace safety rules. Under the new revisions, employees that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need to wear face coverings in most situations unless there is an outbreak, as defined in the emergency temporary standard. However, many of the original emergency temporary standard rules remain in effect. Employers must still maintain a written COVID-19 prevention plan that includes policies and practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 emergency standard, review the following guidance:

Even though the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard revisions relaxed face covering requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, many local counties and cities require face coverings, even for fully vaccinated individuals. Employers should check their local health orders to ensure compliance.

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