Masking Guidance

State Masking Requirement

Effective April 20th:

California's requirement for masking on public transit and in transportation hubs is terminated effective immediately. CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to wear a mask. Click here for more information.

Effective March 1st:

  • Universal masking shall remain required in specified settings (in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs)).
  • Regardless of vaccine status, masks are strongly recommended in indoor settings, on public transit., K-12 and childcare settings. All individuals are recommended to mask in public, indoor settings, and on public transit. Masks are incredibly effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and masking in indoor spaces and on public transit is the safest choice.

For more information on the updated guidance for the use of face masks, click here.

See the State Health Officer Order, issued on July 26, 2021, for a full list of high-risk congregate and other healthcare settings where surgical masks are required for unvaccinated workers, and recommendations for respirator use for unvaccinated workers in healthcare and long-term care facilities in situations or settings not covered by Cal OSHA ETS or ATD.

Exemptions to mask requirements
The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times:

  • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

CDPH Related Materials:
State Masking Guidance FAQs (revised 05-02-22)
Get the Most Out of Masking
Face Coverings Fact sheet (PDF)
Masks for Kids: Tips and Resources