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As of June 15, California no longer requires physical distancing and allows full capacity for businesses. The state's long-standing county tier system that determines restrictions has also been lifted, and the indoor mask mandate is no more.
Under these guidelines, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors unless a business opts to require that customers wear masks.
Unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks indoors at places like restaurants, movie theaters and grocery stores.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get more answers for your questions: FAQ on the Updated Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings (updated 6/15)
Do fully vaccinated people ever have to wear face coverings?
Fully vaccinated people can resume everyday activities without wearing a mask, except in limited settings required by federal, state or local rules. There are some situations identified by the CDC where face coverings are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, including:
- On public transit (airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (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 CDC K-12 schools guidance is forthcoming.
- Healthcare settings (including long-term care facilities).
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers.
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers.
If many people are vaccinated, why do we sometimes still need to wear face coverings?
The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection will remain until we reach community immunity from vaccinations, especially in communities heavily impacted by COVID-19. In addition, there continue to be higher-risk settings identified by the CDC where masks are required to prevent transmission to persons with higher risk of infection (e.g., unvaccinated or immunocompromised persons), to persons with prolonged, cumulative exposures, or to persons whose vaccination status is unknown.
When must unvaccinated people wear masks?
In addition to the places listed above where everyone must still wear face coverings, and consistent with CDC guidance, masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (for example: live performances, indoor malls, movie theaters, places of worship, indoor mega events, and indoor museums).
For additional information, see CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities.
Can a business require everyone to wear a mask, even those that are already vaccinated?
Yes, businesses have the option of requiring all patrons to wear a mask while in their facility or place of business, instead of verifying the vaccination status of each patron.
Who is exempt from wearing a mask?
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.