Masks still required for everyone inside City of Hayward facilities through at least Feb. 28
The City of Hayward will continue to require the wearing of masks by all visitors to City Hall, Hayward Public Library and other City facilities through at least the end of February as a continuing public health and workplace-safety measure.
Effective Wednesday, the State of California and County of Alameda are relaxing indoor masking mandates, dropping the requirement except in certain settings for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
At the same time, businesses and employers must follow California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) standards and are free and have the right and authority to require masking of visitors, customers and employees as a means controlling the spread of COVID-19.
To those ends, the City of Hayward is continuing to monitor coronavirus infection rates and adjust operational and City workplace rules, practices and protocols to minimize risk while maintaining public services.
Masking, coupled with vaccination, remains a proven effective strategy of preventing COVID-19 and community spread of the coronavirus and its variants. County health authorities continue to recommend strongly the wearing of masks in indoor settings in which unvaccinated people may be present.