Beginning November 1, the County of Alameda will begin to ease masking requirements in certain indoor settings where everyone is fully vaccinated. Eligible settings are in controlled spaces not open to the general public, including offices; gyms and fitness centers; employee commuter vehicles; and organized indoor gatherings where a group meets on a regular basis, such as religious gatherings.
Under the Health Officer Order, participating businesses, organizations, or hosts must verify that all patrons, employees, and attendees are fully vaccinated before allowing people to go unmasked inside their facilities. Additionally, there can be no more than 100 people present at these facilities, and those present cannot have COVID-19 symptoms. Employers or hosts must be shown proof of one's vaccination status, and identities must be confirmed with government-issued identifications, such as a driver's license or passport.
Indoor masking requirements will remain in effect in other public settings, such as bars, restaurants, and retail establishments, and in indoor K-12 school settings. Businesses and workplaces can continue to require indoor masking of everyone in these non-public places if they choose, and employees and patrons can choose to wear a mask indoors if they prefer.
The State of California continues to require face coverings for all unvaccinated persons in indoor public settings, and for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in health care facilities, on public transit, and in adult and senior care facilties.
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