June 8, 2021

Western Growers Among Business Organizations Requesting Newsom to Issue Executive Order Conforming Workplace Regulations with CDC and CDPH Guidelines

Western Growers recently signed onto a letter urging California Governor Newsom to issue an executive order to conform workplace regulations with the Centers for Disease Control and California Department of Public Health guidelines.

The letter stated that the suggested Executive Order should:

  1. Align the Cal/OSHA masking guidelines with the CDC
  2. Align the physical distance guidelines with the state’s June 15 “reopening”
  3. Provide safe harbor from Cal/OSHA violations, fines and penalties for good-actor businesses attempting to navigate the constantly evolving recommendations from the CDC and state and local public health officials
  4. Remove the requirement for stockpiling of N95 respirators, the use of which are discouraged by the CDC for non-healthcare personnel

In addition to Western Growers, 11 other organizations signed the letter including California Business Roundtable, California Retailers Association, California Restaurant Association, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business California, California African American Chamber of Commerce, California Hotel & Lodging Association, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, Los Angeles BizFed, Orange County Business Council, and California Attractions and Parks Association.

“As long as the ETS remains in place as written, the economy will not fully reopen on June 15. Businesses will not bring employees back with the level of confusion and uncertainty created by the ETS and the mixed messages coming from state and local leaders. The business community is extremely compliance driven, but even you yourself stated that the ETS created a lot of ‘open-ended questions,’” they said in the letter.


For questions or additional information, contact Matthew Allen at [email protected] or (916) 446-1435.