Most California Workers To Stay Masked Under Revised Rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California employees will soon be able to skip masks in the workplace, but only if every employee in the room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The revised rules adopted Thursday night by a sharply divided California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board are expected to kick in June 15. That’s the same day the state more broadly loosens requirements in social settings in keeping with recent federal recommendations. Members made clear that the regulations are only a stopgap while they consider further easing pandemic rules. The board initially rejected the revised masking rules, but reconsidered when they realized that would leave workers with more restrictive current standards.