New California rules end distinction for vaccinated workers

Virus Outbreak California Workplaces
Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 16, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workplace regulators are poised to extend the state's coronavirus pandemic regulations into next year with revisions that businesses say could worsen the labor shortage.

The main change in the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s revised rule Thursday would erase current distinctions between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.

Both would be prohibited from workplaces if they come in close contact with someone infected with the virus. Exposed workers who are vaccinated but asymptomatic would have to stay home for 14 days even if they test negative.

If they return to work, they would have to wear masks and stay 6 feet from other people else for two weeks.