Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions Regarding Worker Face Covering and Mask Requirements

Last updated: June 30, 2021

While masking guidance and requirements are changing, some employers are still required to have their workers wear masks. See L&I Requirements and Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 (F414-164-000) for the latest requirements and guidance. 

Industries where masks or respirators are still required for all workers

  • Healthcare (including long-term care, doctor’s offices, hospitals) when patients are present
  • Public transportation (aircraft, train, buses, road vehicles)
  • K-12 Schools, childcare facilities, and day camps in locations where children are present or expected to be present
  • Correctional facilities

General guidance on masks and face coverings

  • Employers must provide cloth face coverings or something more protective for employees, free of charge, when use of a mask is required.
  • Although fully vaccinated employees no longer need to wear a face covering, an employer may still require or encourage mask use.
  • Employees have the right to wear a mask or other protective equipment, regardless of their vaccination status, as long as it doesn’t create safety issues.


    If you have further questions regarding workplace safety, call 1-800-4 BE SAFE (1-800-423-7233).