In March 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) dropped universal indoor masking, though masking was still required in certain places. By April 2022, most counties had also ceased universal indoor masking requirements. However, recently, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) stated if the uptick in cases and hospitalizations continued, then the County would implement a new indoor universal mask mandate effective July 29, 2022.
On July 28, 2022, the LACDPH announced it would not proceed with a new universal masking mandate due to a reduction in transmission and hospitalizations. However, LA County’s current order still requires masks in the following situations:
- On all forms of public transportation in LA County. This includes trains, buses, taxis, and ride-shares.
- In all indoor transportation hubs in LA County, including airport and bus terminals, train and subway stations, seaports or other indoor port terminals, or any other indoor area that serves as a transportation hub.
- In healthcare settings
- In long-term care settings and adult/senior care facilities
- In state and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Shelters and cooling centers
Currently, no counties in California require indoor universal masking. However, employers should review state and local orders to determine if different requirements apply to their industry.
Employers should also be aware that in certain circumstances, employees may be required to wear a face covering after testing positive for COVID-19, having a close contact with someone who has tested positive, or during an outbreak.