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California drops workplace mask rule for vaccinated workers

On Thursday, California regulators approved worksite pandemic rules that will allow fully vaccinated employees to ditch the mask.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 2:25 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 4:11 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators have approved revised worksite pandemic rules that allow fully vaccinated employees the same freedoms as when they are off the job.

The revised regulations adopted Thursday come after weeks of confusion..

They conform with general state guidelines by ending most mask rules for people who are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved them on a 5-1 vote.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he'll quickly issue an executive order sidestepping the usual legal review to allow the rules to take effect soon.

The rules apply to almost every workplace in the state.

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Gusty winds and very dry conditions will drive high fire danger across northern California on Thursday. We'll also end up much cooler on Thursday afternoon. Lighter winds, hotter temperatures, and more widespread impacts to air quality are ahead for Friday and Saturday.
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