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Latest Pandemic Mask Updates

Masks are required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated patients, residents, and visitors, and medical-grade masks are required for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff, in the following settings that serve vulnerable or at-risk populations:

  1. Homeless shelters; 
  2. Prisons; 
  3. Jails;
  4. Community corrections programs and facilities; and
  5. Emergency medical and other health care settings (including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, urgent care centers, long term care facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).

The state also requires universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status.

Unvaccinated people are encouraged to continue wearing masks in all public indoor spaces.

People who are not required by the order to wear a mask, even if unvaccinated, include:

  • People who are 11 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children younger than 2 years old should NOT wear masks.

Employees

  • Require employees showing any symptoms or signs of sickness, or who has been in contact with known positive cases to stay home.
  • Connect employees to company or state benefits providers.
  • Provide flexible or remote scheduling for employees who need to continue to observe Stay-at-Home, who may have child or elder care obligations, or who live with a person who still needs to observe Stay-at-Home due to underlying condition, age, or other factors.
  • Encourage and enable remote work whenever possible.
  • Minimize all in-person meetings.
  • Provide hand washing facilities/stations and hand sanitizer.
  • Encourage breaks to wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Phase shifts and breaks to reduce employee density.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear like gloves, masks, and face coverings and require appropriate use. (Additional Guidance)
  • (Guidance to keep employees & customers safe)

To protect customers

  • Create special hours for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 
  • Encourage and facilitate 6-foot distancing inside of the business for all patrons.
  • Require use of protection like gloves, masks, and face coverings.
  • Provide hand sanitizer at entrance.
  • Install shields or barriers where possible between customers and employees.
  • Use contactless payment solutions, no touch trash cans, etc. whenever possible.
  • (Additional guidance to keep employees and customers safe)

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