California will update its COVID-19 face-covering guidance next week, but some details will remain in place, namely the requirement for people in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors even if they are vaccinated.
The updated guidance, effective June 15, 2021, stated that around “15% of our population remains without the option for vaccination (children under 12 years old are not yet eligible) and risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection will remain until we reach full community immunity.”
It added that the “purpose of this guidance is to align with CDC recommendations and provide information about higher-risk settings where masks are required or recommended to prevent transmission to persons with higher risk of infection…to persons with prolonged, cumulative exposures…or to persons whose vaccination status is unknown.”
“When people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask correctly, they protect others as well as themselves. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors,” it noted.