CDPH Update Face Coverings Guidance

The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance (6.18.20) that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Guidance includes, but not limited to...

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 for specific public settings (e.g., school or childcare center)]
✅ 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 employee or healthcare provider]
✅ 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.

The entire News Release containing the full issued guidance is available at the following link: