Cal/OSHA and Statewide Industry Guidance on COVID-19

Face coverings required in public spaces

Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here.

The Cal/OSHA industry guidance below has been updated to reflect the revised policy on the use of face coverings.

Use of N-95 respirators

The Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Health Care Facilities: Severe Respirator Shortages has been updated to reflect the requirements announced by Governor Newsom on July 24, 2020.

Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to take steps to protect workers exposed to infectious diseases like the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is widespread in the community. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease.

Cal/OSHA recommends the guidance, educational materials and model programs and plans provided below be reviewed with an employer's existing procedures to ensure that workers are protected.

Note: These guidelines and materials are subject to change as information is received and the situation evolves.

Statewide Resources, Blueprint for a Safer Economy and Local Information

Cal/OSHA and other state agencies have developed guidance on the steps every business should take to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at work. Cal/OSHA recommends employers review the guidance relevant to their worksites, local information guidance criteria, along with the guidance on Cal/OSHA requirements below and their existing safety procedures to ensure the workplace is protected from the spread of COVID-19.

California COVID-19 Resources and County Tier Information

Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workplaces from COVID-19

General Workforce

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Other Resources

  • Best Practices for COVID-19 Infection Prevention for General Industry Workers – Updated March 11, 2021
    English | Spanish
  • Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 – Updated May 14, 2020
    English

Health Care FacilitiesBack to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

Temporary Delays of Some Cal/OSHA Requirements

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Emergency Temporary Guidance about Cal/OSHA Standards Requiring Medical Surveillance Examinations and COVID-19 Risks – Posted June 5, 2020
    English
    • TABLE 1 – Mandated Surveillance Exams and Consideration of Temporary Delay due to COVID-19 Risks – Updated August 13, 2020
      English

Agriculture

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office, CDPH and CDFA

Amusement Parks and Theme Parks

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Automobile Dealerships Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Child Care Programs and Providers

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office, CDPH and CDSS

Cohorts for Children and Youth in Supervised Settings Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Guidance and directives related to schools, childcare, day camps, and youth sports are not superseded by this guidance for cohorts of children and youth and still apply to those specified settings.

Communications Infrastructure Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Construction

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Infection Prevention in Construction – Updated October 27, 2020
    English

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office and CDPH

Day Camps Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor’s Office, CDPH and CDSS

Energy and Utilities

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Food Packing Back to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Other Resources

  • Best Practices for COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Workers in Food Packing and Processing – Updated March 11, 2021
    English | Spanish

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office, CDPH and CDFA

NOTE: Please also see the Cal/OSHA Grocery and Other Retail guidance below.

Gambling Facilities

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Grocery and Other RetailBack to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated July 22, 2020
    English
  • COVID-19 General Checklist for Grocery Employers – Updated July 22, 2020
    English
  • Infection Prevention in Grocery Stores – Updated October 27, 2020
    English | Español

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Hair Salons and Barbershops Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Higher EducationBack to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Hotels and Lodging

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Life Sciences Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Limited Services (Auto Repair, Car Wash, Cleaning/Janitorial, Pet Grooming, Landscaping, Laundromats, etc.)

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Live Events and Performances

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Logistics and Warehousing Back to top

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Infection Prevention for Logistics Employers and Employees – Updated October 27, 2020
    English

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Manufacturing

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Refer to the Cal/OSHA Logistics and Warehousing Guidance

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Mining and Logging Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Mortuary and Funeral Homes

Cal/OSHA Guidance and Resources

  • Interim Guidance for Protecting Mortuary and Funeral Home Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Posted May 4, 2020
    English

Movie Theaters and Family Entertainment Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

The guidance below are in the process of being updated. Check CDPH’s activity and business tiers table for information about these changes.

Outdoor playgrounds can open with modifications in all tiers. See requirements for outdoor playgrounds to keep them safe and fun for everyone.

Museums and Other Exhibitions

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Music, Film, and TV Production Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Can open with modifications. Music, TV, and film production may resume, subject to approval by county public health officers. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers must abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Live audiences are not allowed.

Office Workspaces

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

The industries below may be subject to Tier Status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable detailed tier status information.

Outdoor Recreation, including Campgrounds and Playgrounds Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Outdoor playgrounds can open with modifications in all tiers. See requirements for outdoor playgrounds to keep them safe and fun for everyone.

Outdoor skateparks can open with modifications in all tiers. Attendees must adhere to physical distancing requirements and mask wearing as outlined in the outdoor playground guidance.

Drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors, are permitted in indoor and outdoor swimming pools in all tiers, as they are deemed essential.

Personal Care Services (Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors, Body Waxing, etc.) Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Places of Worship and Cultural Ceremonies

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

For modifications related to singing, chanting, playing wind instruments, and similar activities, see the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage.

Public Transit and Intercity Passenger Rail

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office, CDPH and CalSTA

Real Estate Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Restaurants

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

The guidance below are in the process of being updated. Check CDPH’s activity and business tiers table for information about these changes.

Schools and School-Based Programs Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

California has updated the guidance and framework for reopening K-12 schools for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Check the questions and answers about the K-12 schools reopening framework and guidance.

Shopping Centers and Malls Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Back to top

Guidance and Resources Produced with the Governor's Office and CDPH

The industry below may be subject to tier status re-opening modifications. Please refer to the industry listing on the California COVID-19 Industry Guidance webpage for applicable tier status information.

April 2021