Newport Chamber CEO Announces New State Mandate on Face Coverings
Jun 20 2020
"The risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection", the order states.
"Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered - putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease", Newsom said in a statement.
"California's strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations".
The only people exempt from Newsom's order are children ages 2 and under, people with a physical or mental health condition that prevents wearing a face covering, and people communicating with someone who is hearing impaired.
The California Department of Public Health today released updated PDF guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. Restaurant customers are also exempt when eating and drinking, as are residents recreating outdoors as long as they are able to socially distance from others. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff. Since that time, the Democratic governor has make it clear that enforcing the order, as well as deciding when to ease the restrictions, is up to counties and cities to decide.
"As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another", she said.
Under Newsom's rule, Californians must wear masks or face coverings in any room or enclosed area where individuals, other than those in one's own household, are unable to physically distance. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth.
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She was also given a security detail after receiving what officials deemed a death threat.
On June 11, acting Orange County Health Care Agency Officer Dr. Clayton Chau announced that face coverings would only be strongly recommended but not mandatory.
It's become pretty abundantly clear that Americans are worn out with pandemic lockdowns and mask-wearing, and in New York City, where the reopening process remains in Phase 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo has already reacted badly to a photo of people congregating outside of a Manhattan bar where to-go drinks were being sold.