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Updated: December 27, 2021

As of October 29, 2021 Face Coverings are required in ALL indoor businesses. ALL individuals in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County of Inyo, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering when they enter any indoor public facility.

  • “Indoor facilities” include, but are not limited to, businesses, government agencies, houses of worship, and office buildings, in addition to other indoor settings, such as schools and healthcare facilities that are currently under state-issued orders and guidance.
     
  • All individuals, businesses, venue operators, or hosts of public indoor settings must require all patrons to wear a face covering in full compliance with this order for all indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status.
    • For purposes of this Order, the term “patron” is broadly defined and includes any person who enters a business or indoor facility for the purpose of potentially or actually patronizing or utilizing the goods, services, equipment, or other features of this business or facility, including but not limited to members of clubs or organizations.
       
  • Employees, contractors, owners, patrons, visitors, and volunteers of all businesses or indoor facilities must wear a face covering in full compliance with this order in areas where patrons, the public, or staff are present or likely to be present

Read the full County of Inyo Health Officer Order Here

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Effective December 15, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also instituted universal face covering guidance that will require face coverings be worn in indoor public settings in areas of the state not already covered by a local face covering order. The CDPH guidance, which can be read here, also includes several links to research supporting the effectiveness of masking to control the spread of infection.

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For several weeks in the Fall of 2021, Inyo County had the highest 7-day case rate and test positivity rate in California. Since reinstating the Indoor Mask Order, data shows that face coverings did help reduce our community case rate numbers. However, we continue to see COVID-19 positive cases in individuals between the age of 18-49 years old AND cases in children under the age of 5. The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection remains, especially with new variants and waning natural immunity and/or vaccine efficacy after 6 months.

Data Trends Show:

  • Natural immunity after recovering from COVID-19 lasts about 90 days—which is significantly less than a vaccine-induced antibody response.
     
  • Vaccine efficacy starts to wane after 6 months—which is why it is important to get a booster dose when eligible.
     
  • Masks are safe for individuals over the age of 2 to wear—an effective mask has both good fit and good filtration.
    • Choosing the right mask and wearing it correctly is important:
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When the above prevention measures are coupled together practiced in unison (masking + vaccines + prevention/wellness measures—like hand washing) then employees, contractors, owners, patrons, visitors, and volunteers  layer  prevention and protection measures, in hopes of significantly reducing our chance of severe illness and death.

Guidance for Businesses

In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask
as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

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