California state regulators reverse controversial workplace mask rule after outcry from business groups

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After a controversial workplace mask regulation sparked outrage from the California business community, state regulators voted late Wednesday to reverse that decision. 

That rule, from the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, would have allowed workers in nearly all settings to forgo masks only in circumstances where everyone in a room had been vaccinated against COVID-19. If just one person was not vaccinated, everyone would have been required to wear a mask. 

A server tends to customers in an outdoor dining area amid the COVID-19 pandemic on The Promenade Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP)

That contrasted with the state’s broader plan to do away with virtually all masking and social distancing requirements for vaccinated people, which more aligns with the latest recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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