Facial Coverings, Testing

Updated COVID‑19 facial covering guidance for non‑institutional work locations

This memorandum updates facial covering recommendations at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) non-institutional work locations. The recommendations outlined herein supersede the February 15, 2022, memorandum entitled, “Required COVID-19 Facial Coverings in Non-Institutional Work  Locations.”

The California Department of Public Health announced new masking guidance for California. Effective March 1, 2022, masks continue to be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities.

In all other settings, including CDCR/CCHCS non-institutional work locations, it is strongly recommended all individuals wear a mask indoors irrespective of vaccination status; however, unvaccinated individuals are no longer required to mask indoors.

Local conditions may warrant local masking requirements based on a combination of factors. Employees working in a county where the local health jurisdiction issues additional public health guidelines tailored for the situation in their communities should continue to follow the local public health guidelines related to masks. Please continue to monitor local public health announcements in counties where you work.

The requirement for state employees who have not verified their vaccination status to test at least weekly for COVID-19 has not changed. Exemptions to weekly testing remain in place. This includes, having COVID-19 in the prior 90 days or teleworking full-time in a week.

Current facial covering directives are posted on the CDCR/CCHCS COVID-19 Response Page. This directive will be regularly reviewed and revised as necessary based on response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For questions or concerns, please contact your respective supervisor or manager.