COVID-19 Response, Facial Coverings

Updated COVID‑19 facial covering guidance for staff and residents at institutions and facilities

This memorandum updates facial covering requirements for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), and Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) institutions/facilities and supersedes the March 16, 2022, memorandum entitledUpdated: Required COVID-19 Facial Coverings for all Institutional and Facility Staff” and the January 11, 2022 memorandum entitled, “Face Covering Guidance for Residents.”

This updated facial covering guidance applies to all individuals who live in or enter an institution/facility regardless of vaccination/booster status. This includes residents, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors.

Face covering guidance for staff

N95 respirators, KN95 masks and procedure masks are readily available at each institution/facility and shall be provided to staff and visitors when requested. Individuals must carry a face covering with them at all times in case of entry into an area requiring a facial covering.

Current masking guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Roadmap to Reopening Dashboard can be accessed using the highlighted links. Directives and guidelines will be regularly reviewed and revised as necessary based on response to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Effective September 23, 2022, individuals entering a CDCR/DJJ institution/facility shall abide by the following facial covering guidance:

Facility Location/AssignmentOne or more housing units of the facility is in OUTBREAK phase AND/OR CDC County Transmissibility is MEDIUM or HIGHEntire facility is in OPEN phase (no housing units are in Outbreak phase) AND CDC County Transmissibility is LOW
Isolation and quarantine areasN95 respirator**N95 respirator**
TransportationKN95 mask (N95 respirator ** if transporting patients who are on isolation or quarantine)KN95 mask (N95 respirator** if transporting patients who are on isolation or quarantine)
CTC, OHU, TTA, SNF, dialysis, hospice if not in isolation or quarantine, medical clinics/medical clinic waiting roomsProcedure maskProcedure mask
Exposed but asymptomatic staff who test negative and continue to workProcedure maskProcedure mask
Indoors, excluding isolation and quarantine areas, CTC, OHU, TTA, SNF, dialysis, hospice, medical clinics/ medical clinic waiting rooms and transportationProcedure maskFacial covering optional but encouraged
Outdoors, and administrative areas outside of the secure perimeterFacial covering optionalFacial covering optional
* The CDC County Transmissibility Levels will be reported on the Roadmap to Reopening Dashboard.
** All individuals who ae required to wear an N95 respirator shall be fit tested.

As a reminder, leadership at each institution/facility shall continue to monitor staff for compliance with facial coverings. In the event an employee is out of compliance, supervisors and managers shall utilize the progressive discipline process as outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 15, section 3392, Employee Discipline, and the Department Operations Manual (DOM), Article 22, Employee Discipline. Supervisors and managers are also reminded to utilize DOM section 33030.8, Causes for Corrective Action, and section 33030.9, Causes for Adverse Action.

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

Face covering guidance for residents

Effective September 23, 2022, residents of a CDCR/DJJ institution/facility shall abide by the following facial covering guidance:

Facility Location/AssignmentOne or more housing units of the facility is in OUTBREAK phase AND/OR CDC County Transmissibility is MEDIUM or HIGHEntire facility is in OPEN phase (no housing units are in Outbreak phase) AND CDC County Transmissibility is LOW
Isolation and quarantine areasN95 respirator**N95 respirator**
CTC, OHU, TTA, SNF, dialysis, hospice if not in isolation or quarantine, medical clinics/medical clinic waiting roomsProcedure maskProcedure mask
Exposed but asymptomatic residents who test negative and continue to work/programProcedure maskProcedure mask
Indoors, excluding isolation and quarantine areas, CTC, OHU, TTA, SNF, dialysis, hospice, medical clinics/ medical clinic waiting roomsProcedure maskFacial covering optional but encouraged
Outdoors, and administrative areas outside of the secureFacial covering optionalFacial covering optional
Assigned cell/dormFacial covering optionalFacial covering optional
Dayroom of assigned housing unitFacial covering optional but
encouraged
Facial covering optional but
encouraged
** All individuals who ae required to wear an N95 respirator shall be fit tested.

When staff observe residents failing to adhere to facial covering directives, the resident will be directed to wear their mask as required. Further violations may result in corrective action and progressive discipline.