On May 3, the California Department of Public Health updated the mask guidance which mandates face masks in indoor settings, with few exceptions. The City of Irvine's order regarding mask guidance is in line with the state. These guidelines are to be followed by all residents and businesses in Irvine and apply until June 15, when the California Department of Public Health's guidance will be amended to match the CDC's guidance, which allows for fully vaccinated people to not wear masks indoors, in most settings.
1. For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
2. For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
3. In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status, except as outlined below.
4. As defined in the CDPH Fully Vaccinated Persons Guidance, fully vaccinated people can*:
- Visit, without wearing masks or physical distancing, with other fully vaccinated people in indoor or outdoor settings; and
- Visit, without wearing masks or physical distancing, with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease in indoor and outdoor settings
The following specific settings are exempt from face covering requirements:
- Persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household,
- Persons who are working alone in a closed office or room,
- Persons who are obtaining a medical or cosmetic service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service,
- Workers who wear respiratory protection, or
- Persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by other CDPH guidance.
- The following individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings at all times:
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.*
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
Read the full Irvine Executive Order here.
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