Governor Issues Order Lifting the Mask Mandate for K-12 Schools and Child Care Facilities Starting March 12, 2022

CATEGORY: Special Bulletins
CLIENT TYPE: Private Education
PUBLICATION: LCW Special Bulletin
DATE: Mar 01, 2022

On February 28, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) updated its guidance concerning the use of face coverings, and will no longer require that face coverings be worn in K-12 schools and childcare facilities starting March 12, 2022.  While as of March 12, 2022, the CDPH will no longer require that face coverings be worn in K-12 schools and childcare settings, the CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue wear face coverings indoors.

Governor Newsom also issued an Executive Order which immediately suspends the regulatory obligation under the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”) that otherwise would have required that employers ensure that unvaccinated employees wear face coverings when indoors in the workplace.   Please note, however, that face coverings will continue to be required indoors for all individuals in K-12 and childcare settings through March 11, 2022.

Governor Newsom also stated that local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state guidance.  Therefore, it is important that schools continue to follow local guidance and orders regarding face coverings, which may impose more stringent requirements than those imposed by the state.

If you have any questions about the new CDPH guidance and how it may affect your operations, LCW attorneys are available to answer your questions.

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