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States Pull Back on Mask Mandates- What This Means For Your Business

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline following the winter spikes, a couple of states are starting to pull back on their mask mandates. For instance, states like New York, Illinois, and California officially announced the next steps they are taking to pull back on the mandates. Depending on how the case numbers and hospitalization rates continue in the coming months, these decisions could be setting a precedent for other states to follow.


California Mask Mandates

Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear a mask indoors effective Feb. 16th. This directive comes from the California Department of Public Health. Only those that do not have a full vaccine dosage need to continue to mask indoors. However, the CDPH does recommend that vaccinated individuals continue to mask indoors when there is a high risk.  Masks will continue to be required regardless of vaccination status for the following situations:

  • Public transits
  • Schools
  • Health care settings
  • State and local correctional facilities
  • Emergency shelters
  • Nursing homes

New York Mask Mandates

On February 10th, New York ended its vaccine-or-mask requirement for businesses. Employees that wish to continue wearing a mask are encouraged to do so. Additionally, indoor masking rules will continue to apply for the following:

  • Childcare
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Public transits

New York officials continue to encourage the use of masks in crowded settings and keep pushing for individuals to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Illinois Mask Mandates

Indoor masking requirements for businesses will end on February 28th. Much like California and New York, masking requirements will remain the same for schools as many children still have not had the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

What’s next?

It is also important to be aware of local mandates in place. Many counties still carry their own specific regulations when it comes to masking. Similarly, private businesses like restaurants, stores, and public areas, may carry their own requirements for entering their establishments.

Moreover, s we continue to work through HR complications brought on by the pandemic, workplace conduct and compliance will be continuously changing. It is important to check with your local officials and trusted HR partners, to ensure you have the latest and correct information for your organization.

Is there anything Payroll Systems can help you with as you accommodate rapid legislation changes? Reach out and talk to us about the easy-to-scale solutions you need for your business.

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This article provides general information and shouldn’t be construed as legal or HR advice. Since employment laws may change over time and can vary by location and industry, please consult a lawyer or HR expert for advice specific to your business. You can also contact Payroll Systems to inquire about our HR support services.