Employees will need to continue wearing face masks at their work sites in California unless everyone present in the same place is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

That’s the mandate under the revised standards that were approved Thursday by a highly divided Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board of California.

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It will be analyzed that the regulations come into force on June 15, the same day that the state will further relax the use of masks and other requirements in social settings to adhere to the new federal health recommendations.

Before the board vote, business groups have strongly criticized the new rules. Board members made clear the regulations are temporary as they discuss means to further ease the pandemic’s rules in the weeks and months to come.

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Opponents of the use of masks workplaces have already hinted that the governor Gavin Newsom It could use its executive powers to override the decision, amid criticism that the revised regulations contrast with its promise to lift most of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic by June 15.

The spokeswoman for NewsomErin Mellon did not mention that option in a short statement after the vote. He noted that the panel is independent, but that the governor “He is hopeful that the board will further revise its guidance to reflect the latest scientific information while continuing to protect workers and balance realistic and enforceable requirements for employers.”

The governor appoints the seven-member board that sets standards for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, known as Cal / OSHA. There will likely be no other meaningful reform before August even after the board gives further instructions to Cal / OSHA staff, board executive director Christina Shupe told members.

In a statement, the board said its changes gradually ease requirements and implement other changes “to better align with the state’s goal” of widely reopening the economy from June 15.

Without the changes, current workplace regulations imposed by the pandemic would have been required until at least October, but the board said the restrictions are not necessary given the low case rate and the growing number of fully vaccinated residents.




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