These are the few exceptions to when a mask or facial covering doesn’t need to be worn while working:
• When following the appropriate procedures to take a facial covering or mask on and off for the purpose of eating or drinking while being able to maintain 6-feet social distance from other individuals.
• When working alone in an office.
• While driving alone in a vehicle.
• While working outside alone and while being able to maintain 6-feet social distance from other individuals.
• For medical reasons, as an accommodation under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) that has been granted in accordance with City policy. If an employee needs an ADA accommodation they should contact the Human Resources Department.
• While communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing who relies on language cues as part of communication, provided all individuals maintain 6-feet social distancing.
• In specific circumstances where a supervisor has determined that it is unsafe for an employee to continue wearing a mask provided the employee is able to maintain 6-feet social distancing. The supervisor must report the circumstance to the Safety Manager.
• For other operational-related reasons specific to providing services or work required of the employee’s position as provided in department-specific protocols or public health recommendations.
Even with a facial covering or mask, employees should maintain social distancing of 6-feet or more outside of short and incidental contact such as passing each other in the hallway.
Reference: COVID-19 Facial Covering/Mask Temporary Policy and Procedure