Just 455 days ago, Silicon Valley and much of the world went dark with the first mandatory "shelter in place" order, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. With curfews, restrictions on gatherings, business closings and requirements for masks, gloves and sanitizers, the world resembled (and sometimes felt like) an apocolyptic horror movie.
Now that the Nine-County Bay Area is re-opening on June 15, inquiring minds want answers.
Here are links to Frequently Asked Questions and resources to help people make good choices moving forward as of June 15, 2021. While it's reported that more than half of all Californians age 12 and up are reportedly vaccinated, caution is still advised. Employees should be aware that California's Occupational Safety & Health Association will be releasing new workplace guidelines on Thursday, June 17th.
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
From the "Face Coverings Q & A" from the California Department of Public Health:
As reported by NBC news:
One of the most pressing questions is "Where are masks still required?"
Although employers may opt for an "honor system" as to vaccination status, some places will still require masks for the time being. Not surprisingly, these include public transportation such as BART, Muni, Caltrans, airports, Uber and Lyft rideshare vehicles; as well as hospitals, clinics, healthcare facilities, nursing homes and schools.
As Silicon Valley and the world move "Beyond the Blueprint" it's important to keep the safe practices of handwashing, sneezing into elbows (not hands), and even wearing masks as respectful health habits to prevent an outbreak of yet another variant of COVID-19, or something even worse.
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