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June 17 Cal/OSHA Decision: Workplace Mask Requirements for Vaccinated Lifted
New workplace rules may be implemented immediately. Physical distancing measures and use of partitions is a choice, but unvaccinated workers are to wear a mask around others when indoors or in vehicles. Along with their safety benefits, N95 masks, or similar respirators, must be available for voluntary use by unvaccinated employees. To implement the eased requirements, employers will need to have a process to keep a record of employees who self-attest to having the COVID-19 vaccine and have a supply of respirators available. If a "major" outbreak occurs with 20 or more employees working together within a month, employers must provide respirators to all exposed workers, or again implement physical distancing requirements (flexible work schedules, 6 ft. separation, partitions, etc.) - an outbreak of three to nineteen, the employer may choose the preceding measures to control spread. Learn more about Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance and check out the State’s Safer at Work website.
Antigen Testing – Rapid Results in 15 Minutes - Our 13 COVID-19 Community Testing Sites are adding antigen rapid testing options (results in 15 minutes) for those who need immediate results starting Monday, June 14, in additional to the traditional PCR testing currently offered. The antigen test is not as sensitive as the PCR test but is a great option for those who are unvaccinated and must have regular workplace testing. Learn more about free testing.
Beyond the Blueprint June 15 - With more people getting protection from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, California is fully reopening the economy on June 15. Life will begin to feel a lot like before COVID-19. Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places will be open as normal with no capacity limits, facial coverings or social distancing required. This does not apply to those who are unvaccinated, schools, health care settings and some other public settings and large events. Learn more from CDPH.
Sacramento County Public Health Forum with Dr. Kasirye on COVID-19, Thursday, June 24 - Community members can register for the online forum: https://bit.ly/31AMaL0. This event will have American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, Hmong, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese Interpretation.
CDPH Updated Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
CDPH has provided updated face covering guidance as California is slated to lift many of its COVID-19 related restrictions on June 15. Per the guidance, unless exempt, unvaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing a mask in indoor and outdoor public spaces. Those who have been vaccinated are not required to wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor settings. However, masks will still be required by all who are not exempt in public transportation settings, health care settings, and correctional facilities, for example. Read the June 9, 2021 CDPH Masking Guidance for details: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx.
Employers: SCPH Business Reporting Form for COVID-19 Positive Employees/Volunteers (fax/email form) (updated 12/18/20)
Review the latest Public Health Order
Businesses and COVID-19 Quick Links
Businesses Must Implement Health Order Social Distaning Measures to Protect Employees and Customers
Employers: SCPH Business Reporting Form for COVID-19 Positive Employees/Volunteers (fax/email form)
Signage is to be placed at each public entrance of the facility to inform all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue or, if not available, into one's elbow; and not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
Measures To Protect Employee Health
Any employees who can carry out their work duties from home must be directed to do so. All employees must be told not to come to work if sick. Symptom checks must be conducted before employees may enter the work space. All desks or individual work stations are to be separated by at least six feet. Break rooms, bathrooms, and other common areas are to be disinfected frequently on schedule. Disinfectant and related supplies must be available to all employees including hand sanitizer effective against COVID-19 is available along with soap and copies of the Social Distancing Protocol.
Measures To Prevent Crowds From Gathering
The number of customers in the store should be limited at any one time to (or other enter), which allows for customers and employees to easily maintain at least six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times. Post an employee at the door to ensure that the maximum number of customers in the facility set forth is not exceeded. Place per-person limits on goods that are selling out quickly to reduce crowds and lines.
Measures To Keep People At Least Six Feet Apart
Placing signs outside the store reminding people to be at least six feet apart, including when in line. Place tape or other markings at least six feet apart in customer line areas inside the store and on sidewalks at public entrances with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain distance. Separate order areas from delivery areas to prevent customers from gathering. All employees have been instructed to maintain at least six feet distance from customers and from each other, except employees may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary.
Measures To Prevent Unnecessary Contact
Prevent people from self-serving any items that are food-related. For example, lids for cups and food-bar type items are provided by staff; not to customers to grab, and bulk-item food bins are not available for customer self-service use. Do not permit customers to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home. Provide contactless payment systems or, if not feasible, sanitizing payment systems regularly.
Measures To Increase Sanitization
Provide disinfecting wipes that are effective against COVID-19 that are available near shopping carts and shopping baskets. Assign employees to disinfect carts and baskets regularly. Near the entrance of the facility, at checkout counters, and anywhere else inside the store or immediately outside where people have direct interactions provide hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant is available. Disinfect all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use and all high-contact surfaces frequently.
See Public Health Order Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol Checklist, EMD Templates for Restaurants, Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure Safety Practices for Workers
Resources for Workers
If you are sick, how long should you stay home?
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
To clean surfaces exposed to the virus EPA has a list of disinfectants for COVID-19.