On December 13, 2021, the California Department of Health (CPDH) reinstituted a statewide mask mandate. From December 15, 2021 through at least January 15, 2022, all individuals will be required to wear masks in indoor public settings. The mandate applies regardless of vaccination status.

The mandate exempts children under two, persons with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent masking, hearing impaired persons, and persons for whom masking would create a risk related to their work (as defined by regulations and workplace safety guidelines). The mandate does not provide exemptions for certain businesses or industries.

Additionally, CPDH updated requirements for attending mega events, like concerts and sporting events. Prior to attending an event, attendees will now require either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event.

Businesses and individuals with questions should contact experienced counsel for guidance on new policies and practices.