In March 2022, the California Department of Public Health replaced its statewide requirement for unvaccinated people to mask in indoor public settings and businesses with a strong recommendation that everyone, regardless of vaccine status, mask in indoor public settings and businesses. Examples include retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public.
According to the California Department of Public Health Face Covering Q&A:
CDPH is maintaining the requirement that businesses and venue operators must allow any individual to wear a mask if they desire to. No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.
In addition, in settings where masks are strongly recommended, businesses, venue operators or hosts should also consider:
- Providing information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding masking recommendations for all persons, regardless of vaccine status.
- Providing information to all patrons, guests and attendees to consider better fit and filtration for masks [Respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) or surgical masks with good fit are recommended over cloth masks].
- Requiring all patrons to wear masks, when risk in the community may be high, or if those being served are at high-risk for severe disease or illness.
- Requiring attendees who do not provide proof of vaccination to enter indoor Mega Events to continue masking during the event, especially when not actively eating or drinking.
A business may post a sign or placard at the entrance to their business notifying customers of their mask requirements. Additionally, businesses may post such information on their website or at point of ticket sale prior to entry or notify their members of masking requirements.
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