Orange County business owners protest workplace mask rules

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — Some Orange County business owners are expressing frustration with changing state regulations on masks and physical distancing measures in the workplace.

Business owners are demanding that Gov. Gavin Newsom override what they say are unnecessary restrictions.

A few dozen people held a protest in Santa Ana Thursday at the regional office of Cal/OSHA, the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The agency’s board has changed positions more than once on whether employees will be required to wear masks in the workplace.

Wednesday night, the board reversed an earlier decision and backed off on a plan to only let vaccinated workers remove their masks if everyone else in the same area is also vaccinated.

Now the board is signaling it will likely go along with the state’s plan to do away with most masking requirements for vaccinated people in accordance with the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

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