On June 11, Gov. Newsom issued Executive Order E-08-21, which establishes expiration dates for certain waivers of state laws implemented due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. CHA has created a chart identifying the waivers that impact hospitals and their expiration dates.
Key provisions that will expire include:
- Any facility operating under a waiver granted in an All Facilities Letter (AFL) may continue to do so until the expiration date stated in the AFL or Sept. 30, whichever comes first. Hospitals are reminded that AFL 20-26.8, which granted a statewide blanket waiver for space and other requirements, expires on July 17. A hospital may request program flex approval on an individual hospital basis from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) if needed.
- The provision that permits the Emergency Medical Services Authority to authorize out-of-state health care personnel to work in California without a California-issued license expires Sept. 30.
This was announced as part of the package related to the reopening on June 15. That also included continuing to require individuals to wear face coverings when visiting hospitals and other health care facilities, which was contained in an updated State Health Order from CDPH that went into effect June 15. The order requires individuals to follow updated Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings from CDPH, which specifies that in health care settings, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.