Masking Requirements Reinstated for Alameda County: Fri., June 3, 2022
Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Alameda County public health officials have announced that masks will be required in most public settings beginning Friday, June 3. While masking will not be required through the end of the 2021-22 school year, masking will be required in all other children and youth indoor settings, including childcare, summer school, and youth programs, as is feasible.
Alameda County reports that daily COVID-19 cases have exceeded the peak of last summer's Delta wave and are approaching levels seen during the Winter 2020-21 wave. Hospitalizations are also on the rise. Alameda County Public Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said, "Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities." Children under the age of two should not mask.
In addition to masking, please continue to take other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if sick or positive; test if symptomatic or exposed; and keep gatherings small and outdoors, if possible. Increase ventilation if gathering indoors.The full press release can be viewed online.
Alameda County Aligned With the State's Public Health Order
Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) is fully aligned with the State of California's Reopening Plan.
The Alameda County Isolation and Quarantine Orders have been updated to reflect new isolation and quarantine guidance. Employers should continue to follow the recently updated Cal/OSHA guidance and Fact Sheet, which is aligned with the California Department of Public Health's Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.
Cal/OSHA Approves Changes to Emergency Temporary Standards
On January 14, 2022, the Cal/OSHA Re-Adopted COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) went into effect. This re-adoption contains changes to the previous Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention ETS. Employers should review the updated Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention ETS to ensure compliance.
Cal/OSHA released a new fact sheet regarding What Employers Need to Know for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine to clarify changes to isolation and quarantine requirements now in effect.
For more information and for ongoing updates and new resources, please visit the Cal/OSHA ETS webpage.