Bay Area Health Officials Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandate

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 

Effective August 3, 2021, health officers in seven Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma) and the city of Berkeley issued an order requiring the use of face coverings indoors by all persons regardless of vaccination status. A full copy of the order can be found here. All businesses must post a sign advising customers of the new order.

A sample sign can be downloaded here

Sweeney Mason LLP continues to monitor the rapidly evolving situation pertaining to the COVID-19 virus and resulting legal issues. We are finding that the laws and orders released by the Federal, State, County and Local governments are, in some cases, ambiguous, vague and/or contradictory, resulting in some confusion among a broad cross-section of our clients.  There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to COVID-19-related legal matters. As a result, contracts, employment issues, ongoing lawsuits and other matters impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak should be analyzed on a case-by-case basis and with the assistance of Sweeney Mason LLP. Sweeney Mason LLP is in daily contact with governmental offices and various trade organizations to monitor the developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

For more information, please contact our employment team at 408-356-3000 or via email: Roger Mason at or Rachael Brown at

The following links may assist you in evaluating some of the issues you may have. Stay safe!

DOL Publications: 


FFCRA Required Notice 


IRS Guidelines:

FFCRA Tax Credits

Employee Retention Tax Credits Under CARES Act


SBA Guidelines:



CDC Guidelines: 

Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Interim Guidance on Risk Assessment for Individuals with Possible COVID-19 Exposure

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers



Preparing Your Workplace for COVID-19

Emergency Temporary Standards

Emergency Temporary Standards FAQs



Order of the California Department of Public Health

EDD COVID-19 Overview



Santa Clara County:

Risk Reduction Order (May 18, 2021)


San Jose:

Paid Sick Leave Ordinance