Use of Face Masks

On July 28, the California Department of Public Health updated the mask guidance in response to new CDC guidance which recommends mask use in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, effective August 3, face coverings are required for all visitors inside City facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available at the front desk lobby should any visitor need one.

Guidance for City Facility Visitors

Face coverings are required for all visitors inside City facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available at the front desk lobby should any visitor need one.

Guidance for Individuals From the California Department of Public Health

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation).
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings.
    • Note: This may change as updated K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming, pending updates for K-12 operational guidance from the CDC.
  • Healthcare settings (including long term care facilities) 
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers.
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers 

Additionally, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses and recommended for fully vaccinated individuals (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information). 

Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts 

In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask. 
  • Require all patrons to wear masks. 

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Exemptions to masks requirements

The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

  • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask 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 mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

For more information please read the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.