Montclair Mandates “Vaccinated” Stickers for Workers Who Go Maskless

With COVID-19 cases surging, a Southern California city has taken the controversial step of requiring stickers to be worn by vaccinated workers if they want to remove their masks.

The policy took effect in Montclair on Monday. City Manager Edward Starr said it is consistent with a directive from Cal/OSHA which requires employers to document the vaccination status of employees who don’t wear face coverings.

Councilman Ben Lopez disagrees with the policy and wanted it delayed until the city council had time to discuss it.

“I’m all for people making an independent decision,” Lopez told CBS LA. “What I’m opposed to is a public declaration of that status on any item of clothing, ID, whatever it is.”

“Employees will feel uncomfortable about associating with another,” he added. “You’re gonna have this level of ostracism.”

The state’s average positive-test rate has risen to 5.2% — a 1.4% increase from seven days prior. Despite increased attention to so-called “breakthrough” cases among vaccinated individuals, the surge is almost entirely driven by people who have not received the vaccine.

This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all state workers and health care professionals would have to get the vaccine or be tested regularly and wear face coverings.