The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings exempts from wearing a mask at all times those individuals who: (1) have a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing mask, and/or (2) are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
As of Friday, August 6, 2021, CDPH directions for determining mask exemption require verification by a medical professional. The wording of CDPH’s requirement is below.
“Assessing for exemption due to a medical condition, mental health condition, disability that prevents wearing a mask, or hearing impairment is a medical determination and therefore must be made by a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician. Self-attestation and parental attestation for mask exemptions due to the aforementioned conditions do not constitute medical determinations.” (See CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Covering at: and COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year (CDPH K-12 Guidance)