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California regulators withdraw proposed workplace mask rules

California regulators withdraw proposed workplace mask rules
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California's workplace regulators on Wednesday announced their decision to withdraw proposed masking rules, marking the second time in a week that the board reversed a decision.

According to The Associated Press, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s revised rule, which was adopted last week following its initial rejection, required masks to be worn in the workplace unless all employees in a given room were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In the board's Wednesday decision, they chose to consider a rule that will more closely follow California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia reopening economy, lifting COVID-19 restrictions Caitlyn Jenner wants to use funds for bullet train project to build rest of Trump border wall Feds agree to restore B to California for bullet train MORE’s (D) call for the state to fully reopen on Tuesday. Newsom's plan includes all masking and social distancing requirements being removed for all residents who have been fully vaccinated, the news outlet noted.

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The board will be able to further discuss its masking rule during its June 17 meeting and potentially have any changes implemented by the end of the month.

Board Chairman David Thomas told the AP that the goal is to obtain a unanimous vote to change the regulation “so that it matches up with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health."

"That’s what this is about, so we’re not out of step with everybody else,” he said.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines stating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume life without any restriction, removing the requirement of masks to be worn indoors and outdoors.

The guidelines also explained exceptions when people are in health care settings, correctional facilities or homeless shelters they will still need to wear masks. Local business and workplace guidance are also viewed as exceptions under the guidelines.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board's members on Wednesday explained that their revised rules were temporary. A subcommittee has been appointed to continue working on revisions, the AP reported.