A couple wear face masks and hold hands as they walk past a mural amid the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday, May 18, 2021, in Burbank, Calif.Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
The California Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it will align mask guidance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention beginning June 15, when the state reopens its economy and drops the color-coded tier system.
Unvaccinated individuals will be required to continue wearing face coverings in indoor public settings and businesses.
Fully vaccinated people can generally resume everyday activities without wearing a face covering starting Tuesday, but there are a few exceptions.
Masks will be required in some limited situations regardless of vaccination status in the following situations, according to the Department of Public Health, including:
1) Public transit
2) Schools and child care centers (pending updated CDC guidance)
3) Health care and long-term care facilities
5) Emergency or homeless shelters
The state is calling on businesses to have signage requiring unvaccinated people to wear face coverings, but they are not required to ask customers their vaccination status. If someone enters store and restaurant or other business without a mask, the owner and other customers can assume that person is vaccinated.
Bay Area counties are falling in line with the state. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that the city will fully align with the state plan in adjusting mask rules.
With the reopening on June 15, California will also no longer require capacity limits or social distancing.
“Get ready! We are fully reopening our economy on June 15,” Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote on Twitter.
See California’s updated guidance that will take effect June 15 here.