Alameda County Rescinds its Shelter-in-Place Order to Align With the State's Public Health Order
Effective June 15, 2021, Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) will rescind its current Shelter-in-Place Order in order to align with the State of California's "Beyond the Blueprint" framework. Physical distancing, capacities on businesses, colored county tiers, and restrictive mask mandates will no longer be required. The County reports that nearly 80 percent of residents, ages 12 and older, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which has resulted in reduced case rates.
Alameda County has also aligned itself with the State's face masking mandate, which still requires the wearing of masks in the following settings, even for fully vaccinated individuals:
- On public transit and in transit hubs (airports, bus terminals, train/subway stations, and
- ferry landings)
- Indoors in schools and childcare/youth settings
- Healthcare settings and long-term care facilities
- Correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
Masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and business and at mega events, as well as settings serving children and youth.
Read the ACPHD press release (PDF) (issued June 14, 2021).
Cal/OSHA Approves Changes to Mask Mandate in the Workplace
On June 17, 2021, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) voted to allow vaccinated employees to work indoors without wearing a face covering. Unvaccinated workers must continue to wear a mask indoors, unless alone in a room or vehicle. In order for employers to allow vaccinated employees to go without face coverings, they must document a worker's vaccination status. Workers do not have to provide documentation regarding their status, but can "self-attest" that they are vaccinated. Workers can decline to state if they are vaccinated or not, but they will be treated as if they are unvaccinated.
Employers must provide masks, such as the N95 mask, available for unvaccinated workers, if they request them.
No face coverings are required outdoors unless there is a COVID outbreak. If there is a COVID outbreak, masks will be mandated for all workers indoors, and outdoors if six-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required, regardless of an employee's vaccination status, but employers can re-evaluate the need for barriers should an outbreak occur. Distancing and barriers will be mandated if a major outbreak of 20 or more cases occurs.
Asymptomatic workers who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested or quarantined if they are exposed to the virus.
For more information, please visit the Cal/OSHA website.