Community-Based Organizations FAQs

COVID-19 General Questions

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  • Do I still need to wear a mask? What about if I am vaccinated?

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

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


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

  • Can businesses still require employees and customers to wear face coverings?

    According to the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, 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.


    Businesses can also still require employees to wear face coverings. According to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards, employers can have policies that are stricter than those outlined in the Emergency Temporary Standards. 


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