Masks at work? California can’t decide

Alex Armstrong, 51 and his wife, Paula Armstrong, 45, both own VBurger, a restaurant in Long Beach that officially opened its doors nearly 11 months ago, at the height of the pandemic in 2020. With social distancing guidlines easing its way, Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong prepare pick up orders during lunch hour on June 8, 2021. “It’s been very challenging for us, but we couldn’t back out,” Mr. Armstrong said. Photo by Pablo Unzueta.

(CALMATTERS) – Masks at school, but not at the store. Well, unless you work at the store. But store employees may only have to wear masks until June 28. As long as they’re fully vaccinated. But it’s up to businesses to figure out how to verify employees’ vaccination status. Or not.

If that sounds confusing, then it’s an accurate portrayal of the patchwork of policies various state agencies unveiled Wednesday, six days before California’s grand


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