Q: Are there any changes to face covering requirements in the May 6, 2022 ETS compared to the previous version of the ETS?
A: Unvaccinated employees are no longer required to wear face coverings in all indoor locations.
Employers must continue to provide face coverings and ensure they are worn when required by orders from the CDPH. The February 28, 2022 masking order from the CDPH requires that all workers in the following sectors wear face coverings indoors:
Cal/OSHA will continue to enforce the requirement of universal masking where it is required by CDPH orders.
In addition, employees can request face coverings from the employer at no cost to the employee and can wear them at work, regardless of vaccination status, without fear of retaliation, as specified in section 3205(c)(5)(J).