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Mask Mandates are Returning: What the Construction Industry Should be Aware Of.

by | Aug 4, 2021 | Legislative Developments, Public Works, Regulations Impacting Construction

On August 2, 2021, the Health Officers of San Mateo County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County and the City of Berkeley all issued new Public Health Orders regarding wearing face masks indoors.  These orders take effect as of 12:01 am on August 3, 2021.  The Orders directs that face coverings shall be worn, regardless of vaccination status, over the mouth and nose, in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces.  This includes all offices, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers and government offices serving the public.

In addition, as of July 29, 2021, Executive Order No. 13991 was issued by the Federal Government regarding federal workplace safety principles intended to combat increasing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Executive Order No. 13991 requires that all fully vaccinated contractors working in federal buildings and installations, this includes all federal government offices, federal courthouses, military bases and buildings, and land subject to the jurisdiction of any federal agency, must sign an attestation confirming their vaccination status. Any contractor who does not sign the attestation will be treated as unvaccinated. If you are working on a Federal Installation that is in a county experiencing high or substantial transmission as identified by the CDC on their website, a vaccinated person who has signed the attestation you are required to wear masks inside federal facilities, but not outside of the facilities.  In counties with low and moderate transmission rates, mased are not currently required for vaccinated persons.  For anyone who will not sign the attestation confirming vaccination, or who is partiality vaccinated or unvaccinated, social distancing and face masts are required, as is weekly or twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.