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Cal OSHA board approves workplace mask rules, but more changes likely coming

A three-person subcommittee was also formed Thursday evening.

CALIFORNIA, USA — Many Californians have expected June 15 to be the day for a full state reopening but on Thursday, the Cal OSHA board adopted regulations, with more changes likely coming, that mean workers still need to wear masks, unless everyone in a room is fully vaccinated. 

A three-board member subcommittee was also formed to discuss future changes. 

The meeting, which started at 10 a.m., drew around 800 people virtually, including Nyri Salgado, a department manager at Von's.

"It's a hit and miss," Salgado said. "I do think it's important for all of us to be safe but I also believe it restricts air flow, which makes it harder to breathe."  

Some board members themselves expressed concern with N95 masks specifically in the language, including potential supply issues for employers and the mask itself being uncomfortable. 

There were questions over whether a worker wearing the N95 mask would be voluntary, as opposed to a cloth mask. 

The next board meeting -- also virtual -- is scheduled for June 17. 

The board is made up of seven people appointed by Governor Newsom as part of the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health. 

Watch: California expects to end most mask mandates June 15