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

  • As of March 12, 2022, masks are no longer required to be worn in many settings.
  • Local health jurisdictions and individual businesses may still choose to require masking.
  • Employees can wear masks if they choose to. Businesses can’t punish workers who wear a mask, take time off to get vaccinated, or seek treatment for COVID-19.
  • Masks or respirators will continue to be required in health care settings, long-term care, and correctional facilities.
  • Masks will continue to be required in all other locations when required by federal, state, county or other local law or mandate.

COVID-19 remains a serious workplace hazard, and businesses must continue to reduce risk of transmission for their workers. Risks vary from workplace to workplace. Tracking the statewide COVID-19 community transmission levels will help employers ensure their COVID-19 hazard assessment and controls are aligned with the latest data. 


Last updated: March 11, 2022

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