California Mandates Masks in Public to Slow Spread of Covid-19

By Paul Riegler on 18 June 2020
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Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Trying to slow the rise in coronavirus cases as the state’s economy reopens, Governor Gavin Newsom of California made it mandatory for Californians to wear masks in most indoor settings as well as outdoors when public distancing isn’t feasible.

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” the governor said in a statement concerning the new order. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

Multiple municipalities in the state including San Francisco and Los Angeles have required masks but the governor’s order eliminates inconsistencies between local orders.

Over 3,400 infected people were in hospitals being treated for Covid-19 as of Wednesday, the highest figure since April.

The governor’s order requires  people to wear masks when inside or outside but in line for any indoor public spaces, in any healhcare settings such as a doctor’s office, hospital, or chemist’s shop, while waiting for or riding mass transit, and in outdoor spaces where its not possible to stay 6’ (1.8 m) apart from other people.

The move by the governor came after the public health officer of Orange County faced death threats over her order to wear masks and the county sheriff wouldn’t enforce her order.

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