As of August 13, masks, face coverings, or face shields are required in most indoor spaces.
Masks are required indoors Statewide, effective August 13, 2021"Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask, face covering or face shield when in an indoor space."
- There are some exceptions, such as for people who are actively eating. For the full list of exceptions, see the full text of the rule.
- Ensure that employees, contractors, and volunteers comply with this rule within the indoor space.
- Make reasonable efforts to ensure customers, guests, visitors and other individuals comply with this rule within the indoor space.
- Post signs at every entrance to the indoor space that face coverings are required as described in this rule.
What does this mean for my agency or program?Masks are not required at outdoor food programs or distributions (although they are strongly recommended).
- However, even if you are distributing the food outside, if staff, volunteers, or clients have access to an indoor space (such as a food storage area or restroom), they must wear a mask anytime they enter that space.
Everyone is required to wear a mask at a meal site except when they are actively eating or drinking.You must attempt to make a reasonable modification or accommodation for a client who claims they cannot wear a mask due to a disability.
- However, such a modification or accommodation must not put others at risk of exposure to COVID. Consider serving the client outside, or arrange for a delivery (if that is a service that you offer).
- Do not put the safety of your staff, volunteers, or clients at risk in order to enforce this rule.