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Who will still have to wear a mask after California reopens on June 15th?

Who will still have to wear a mask after California reopens on June 15th?


Who will still have to wear a mask after California reopens on June 15th?

California officially reopens Tuesday, June 15 after over 15 months of restrictions and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But who will have to remain masked up?

We’ve broken down exactly what the mask rules are for those who are vaccinated or unvaccinated for COVID-19.

Those fully vaccinated will be allowed to do almost everything they did pre-pandemic without wearing a mask including, eating out, grocery shopping, watching a movie, drinking at a bar, and going to the gym.

That said, there are still situations and places where masks will be required regardless of vaccination status.

Masks still required in the following places in California:

Public Transportation: Any form of public transportation, from commuter buses and railroad systems, to airports and planes. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended their mask requirement through September 13, 2021. You will be required to wear a mask for your next trip out of a California Airport, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.

Hospitals: Even if you are fully vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask in healthcare settings like hospitals. When the new mask guidance for vaccinated individuals was released, the American Hospital Association (AHA) asked for a clarification.

The CDC emphasized that new masking recommendations for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not apply to health care settings.

Prisons and homeless shelters: In accordance with CDC guidance, masks will still be required in correctional and detention facilities as well as homeless shelters.

Indoor workplaces (with one important exception): Last Thursday, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved controversial rules that will require masks to stay on in the workplace for the time being. The exception? Workers can go maskless only if every employee in a room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Disneyland: If you want to visit the most magical place on Earth, you’re still going to need to mask up even after June 15. The only thing that will change after California’s reopening is that the capacity limits at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure will be lifted.

Masks strongly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals (but not required):

Some grocery and big box stores like Target are still “strongly recommending” masks for unvaccinated individuals, but they are not required.

Additional information you should know regarding mega events:

Indoor mega events (examples: NBA games, Staples Center events, or any other indoor conventions, conferences, expos or concerts)
Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result will be required of all attendees. If you do not meet these requirements, you will not be admitted to the event or venue.

Outdoor mega events (examples: MLB games at Dodger Stadium, Hollywood Bowl concerts or any music or food festivals, car shows, marathons, etc.) Verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative test result will be strongly recommended for all attendees per state guidance, but not required. However, if you are not fully vaccinated nor have a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test, you will still be admitted to the event as long as you wear a mask.

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