California loosens up workplace mask rules

June 18, 2021

In Paso Robles, shoppers appear split on weather or not they continue wearing masks. Photo by Richard Bastain

California regulators loosened coronavirus rules on Thursday allowing fully vaccinated employees to unmask as the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline.

There are some exceptions to the state’s latest mandate. Employers can require their staff wear masks. Also, people who work at mass transit and health facilities most wear masks at work.

Businesses managers can require employees show proof they have been vaccinated through either a paper copy of their vaccine record or the state’s new electronic verification system.

“While CDPH recommends that vaccinated Californians keep their paper CDC card in a safe and secure place, we recognize that some people might prefer an electronic version,” said California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan. “And if one of the state’s nearly 20 million vaccinated Californians misplaces their paper card, the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record provides a convenient backup.”


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mullyman

Before the CHINA COVID there were thousands of people who died from the flu every yr so should we also require the people to verify they got a flu shot also? Just another freedom being taken away and soon none will be left to take. BEWARE””


derasmus

Good point, CDC estimates on average around 35k die of seasonal flu in the US every year. A few years ago there was a spike, about 61000.


Adam Trask

Um, I believe that in one year alone, COVID killed nearly ten times the number of people as the worst recent flu year, so to mention the flu in the same sentence as COVID is ridiculous.


derasmus

So what’s your point? We only consider deaths and public health if it results in several hundred thousand? What is your threshold, go ahead, pick a number.


I believe you misunderstood the point of Mullyman’s comment.


Adam Trask

Count me out of any scenario where I have to show my “vaccination certificate” as well as any need for a “digital certificate.” Of course, I’m old and retired. What businesses do may simply be up to them when it comes to their employees if it’s a matter of public safety.


derasmus

I’m with you on this. Any business that requires me to show proof of vaccinations will not get my business, out of principle.


Maybe if enough people do not succumb to this maybe it will have an effect on this.


givemeliberty

This is still unacceptable. This rewards what government sees as “good” behavior and punishes and shames those for “bad” behavior with a public symbol. Discrimination against personal convictions is a violation of our freedom. Everyone who wants the vaccine now can get it, those who don’t want to should not have to face losing their jobs (per the recent KSBY article) if they choose not to. Stop letting government decide whether we can go to church, run our businesses and breathe fresh air.


Adam Trask

So you would deny a businessman the right to mandate his employees wear a mask or that those who frequent his business should do the same?


codysan

Yes


Francesca Bolognini

Give me a break. If there were a bunch of people with that attitude around when I was a kid, we would still be fighting polio. If you want the advantages of belonging to a society, there are responsibilities involved. I’m not impressed by a bunch of fancy words that mask a lack of personal responsibility. Or a fear of shots…..


derasmus

Polio vs COVID. Improper analogy.


kettle

100% proper analogy.


One president supported the citizens with the march of dimes and it was a success.


VS.


Another President secretly getting vaccinated and then delaying and confusing the nations response to the pandemic by promoting BS and un-american behavior. All of this killing more Americans with his choices.

The buck stops there.


derasmus

Great Polio epidemic of 1916, and finally in 1935 the vaccine, the result of the great work of Jonas Salk and others. Twenty years, vs 10 months for COVID, thanks to the great collaboration between big pharma and the Trump administration (Operation Warp Speed).


I know you Trump haters have a hard time with this FACT. Yes, Trump has a big mouth, he is crass, has orange hair, etc… However on this issue he hit it out of the park when the “experts” said it couldn’t be done.


By the way, Polio causes paralysis even today in around 30,000 worldwide. It is still with us, mostly in poor, underdeveloped nations.


In conclusion, stop the Trump hate train. Move on man, get vaccinated, put the mask away. The orange man is gone so you should be be concerned with the Harris/Biden administration and where that is headed.


kettle

“when the “experts” said it couldn’t be done.”

No, that was trump, experts never said that.


January 10: China releases genome of virus.

January 11: Scientists around the world immediately begin work on a vaccine.

January 14: Moderna begins development of its mRNA-based vaccine.

January 23: The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations provides $12.5 million in seed money to three companies, including Moderna.

January 26: BioNTech begins work on its mRNA-based vaccine.

February 15: More than two dozen companies have announced that they are working on a COVID-19 vaccine.

March 26: Congress passes the CARES Act, which allots $9.5 billion for vaccine development. It is passed almost unanimously. President Trump signs it into law the next day.

April 5 : Mr. Trump’s recommendation of hydroxychloroquine, for the second day in a row at a White House briefing. Mr. Trump suggested that he was speaking on gut instinct and acknowledged that he had no expertise on the subject.

April 16: HHS announces $483 million in funding for the Moderna vaccine.

April 23: President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an “injection” of disinfectant into a person infected with the coronavirus as a deterrent to the virus during his daily briefing Thursday.

April 29: Operation Warp Speed is revealed in the press.

May 19: President Donald Trump claimed Monday he is taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug he’s long touted as a potential coronavirus cure, Trump said he began taking the antimalarial drug after consulting the White House doctor, though stopped short of saying his physician had actually recommended the drug.

“A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it,” Trump said. He later said he’d been taking it every day for a week and a half.


It’s not hate, Trump is a con man.


kettle

“Stop letting government decide ”


I know, right. Welcome to the pro-choice movement, the Government should have no say to what we do with our own bodies.


“should not have to face losing their jobs” over some governments laws created by corrupt $Paid to play politicians.


TopZone

So the ADA privacy laws on employers that people fought for years to get are thrown out the window now?


coyote

Just get “the Jab” . I mean come on man, we all know how much Joe and Gavin care about the people.


Francesca Bolognini

What part of “airborne pandemic” is eluding you? Protecting The People is the # 1 responsibility of government. I prefer they do that job.


coyote

Go ahead and be their Guinea Pig. I’ll “risk” the virus.


derasmus

I agree with your premise Francesca.


However, the problem is one of trust, people, large segments of the population in fact (not just right wing preppers) don’t feel that government bureaucrats, and especially politicians, really have the best best interest of “the people “ foremost in their thinking.