According to the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated can take off their masks indoors, except in places such as health facilities, airplanes, homeless shelters and other municipalities.
What does this mean for the California mandate?
County health officials remind locals that CDC guidelines do not replace mask orders issued by states or counties.
“Santa Barbara County, SLO County, Ventura County, everyone in California, whatever, we have to wait for what our California public health says will change the current camouflage orders,”
“While we expect the state’s camouflage guidelines to change in the coming weeks, they are still in place at the moment, including in the workplace,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, a San Luis Obispo County health official. “Many local companies also have camouflage requirements, and I encourage everyone to respect and support these local business rules.”
So far, the CDPH has not published any new guidelines, but the governor’s office turned to Twitter, saying in part: “With the California Department of Public Health, we are reviewing the CDC’s new camouflage guidelines.”
“It would be nice if we didn’t have to wear a mask, but I’ll wait for guidance from the Santa Barbara County Department of Health and follow their instructions,” said Rick Manson, chef Rick’s restaurant owner.
Companies like Nautical Bean in San Luis Obispo had to put up signs to remind customers that masks are still required until further guidance is given.
Other places like Trader Joe’s were among the first national retailers to make the change. According to the COVID-19 page on their website, they allow people who have been fully vaccinated to go without masks.
But how do you know if a person has actually been vaccinated?
“Over the next few days, we will see additional guidance, not only from CDPH but also from Cal OSHA, but most importantly, we want to protect our community in the best way we can,” Do-Reynoso said.
Countries such as Michigan, Minnesota and Nevada have already adjusted their guidelines for wearing masks.
Meanwhile, health officials are encouraging the public to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The most powerful tool we have to protect the health of our community while going beyond pandemic-related constraints, such as camouflage, is the safe, effective vaccine against COVID-19,” Dr. Borenstein said. “Now is the time to get vaccinated and leave this pandemic behind.”