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Reopening: Anaheim Businesses

Anaheim businesses and other establishments are back to largely normal public operations for the public as of June 15, 2021. California’s reopening tiers and business guidelines are no longer in effect.

While nearly all guidelines will go away for the public, rules for employees and workplace across California, including here in Anaheim, are still evolving.

As of June 17, the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, has new guidelines that align with the state's. See more under "Workplaces, employees."

For the Public

Capacity limits
There are no capacity limits for businesses and organizations beyond regular public safety and fire marshal limits.

Social distancing, signs
There are no longer state guidelines or recommendations for social distancing or limiting of customers in public spaces. Signs and floor markers are no longer required.

Masks

California has adopted the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for masks. Fully vaccinated people are not be required to wear masks indoors or out, except in sensitive spaces including schools, daycare, hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and for air travel and mass transit.

 

The mask guidelines are based on the honor system. It is up to individual businesses to decide if they will verify vaccination status and require masks for those who are unvaccinated, or to require them for all customers regardless of vaccination status.


Large events

There are still some safeguards in place for large events here in Anaheim and all of California.


Indoor events larger than 1,000 require that all attendees show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.


For outdoor events with more than 10,000 people, it's recommended that venues ask attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. 


Workplaces, Employees

As of June 17, California has aligned rules for workplaces and employees with the guidelines previously released for the general public.

In short, workplace rules from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, have been brought in line with California’s recently eased guidance for the public.

  • Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in most situations.
  • Unvaccinated workers still need to wear masks indoors unless alone or eating or drinking.
  • Employees no longer need to physically distance.
  • Workplaces can take down plastic protective barriers.
  • Workplaces must still provide masks to workers who request one.

New Cal-OSHA rules typically take about 10 days of review, but Gov. Newsom has issued an executive order to have them take effect June 18.

The new rules end days of conflict between those for workplaces and those for the public.

But they still present some challenges for employers, which will have to decide if they want to determine who’s vaccinated and who’s not.

Employers can confidentially verify a vaccination document or allow employees to self-attest.

Employers could still require masks in cases where some employees are vaccinated and others are not.

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