Current safety measures
Last updated May 17, 2023 at 11:13 AM
California’s COVID-19 State of Emergency is over, but COVID-19 has not gone away. To safely go about our daily lives, we need to keep taking steps to prevent the spread.
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What to do now
Use these tools to stay safe and protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Get your kids and yourself vaccinated and boosted. It’s our best tool to end the pandemic. Vaccination is safe, effective, and free.
Wear a mask to keep from spreading the virus to those who are vulnerable. This includes those with weak immune systems, those who are pregnant, and the unvaccinated.
Get tested for COVID-19 if you may have been exposed. It’s available and confidential for everyone in California.
Quarantine and isolation
Find out how long to stay home and avoid others if you test positive for COVID-19. Learn how to care for yourself and others if you are exposed.
Digital vaccine record
You can access a digital copy of your vaccination record if you got vaccinated in California. Save it on your phone and use it as proof of vaccination wherever you go.
Education and childcare
Find out how we’re fighting COVID-19 at K-12 schools and childcare centers. Get rules and recommendations for masking, vaccinations, and testing.
Employers are responsible for keeping the work environment safe. See the state’s rules and standards on how your employer can protect you and your colleagues.
Medications to treat COVID-19 are free, widely available, and effective for stopping COVID-19 illness from getting serious.
Do’s and don’ts for daily life
Protect yourself and others by keeping these common-sense safety steps in mind.
Read the CDC’s How to Protect Yourself and Others and CDPH’s What to Do If You’re Exposed and What to Do If You Test Positive.
As you gather with friends and family, keep COVID-19 in mind. Take steps to prevent its spread.
- Get vaccinated and boosted. It’s the best way to protect yourself and others.
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Check local conditions. Your county may have stricter guidance than the state. Take extra precautions when your community levels are high. Use the COVID-19 County Check tool above to check your community level.
- Wear a well-fitted mask over your nose and mouth:
- When cases are on the rise, and in medium and high community levels
- For 10 days after having a significant exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- When around vulnerable people, including people who are older or have medical conditions
- Visit Get the Most Out of Masking for tips on how to get the most protection from your mask.
- When gathering inside, ventilate well. Open doors and windows, run HVAC systems, and install high-quality air filters.
The SMARTER Plan will guide California’s response to future phases of COVID-19. The plan includes:
- What we’ve already done
- How our experiences inform our future approach
- How we’re preparing for the future
- How we’re managing risk to keep people safe
Read the full SMARTER Plan.
COVID-19 Disease Control & Prevention
California has moved Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy.
As of February 28, 2023, the Governor terminated the state’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. He also phased out the executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response.
The public health order effective March 13, 2023, supersedes all prior health orders. The order provides prevention and mitigation strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in homes, workplaces, and communities.
Read the Governor’s news release and find details in CDPH’s news release.