California Governor Orders People To Wear Masks In Most Indoor Spaces

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : June 19, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday he will require masks in most public settings statewide in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 as the state is as yet establishing every day precedents for new contaminations.

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

Gavin Newsom

No authorization rules were referenced in the announcement, yet California Department of Public Health authorities said the mask order carried the same weight as any other state orders with violations resulting in possible financial and other penalties. Whether surgery-quality N95s or the handmade variety masks are considered as a dependable cautious measure against the spread of coronavirus, as they prevent those infected from spreading the virus through droplets exiting their mouth and nose.

The order came as California broadly reopens its economy. In many provinces, individuals would now be able to shop, dine in at restaurants, get their hair done, and go to church, among other things. Los Angeles County, which has seen more than 3,000 deaths from COVID-19, planned Friday to permit the reviving of nail salons, rub parlors, tattoo parlors, bars, wineries, card rooms. Racetracks can operate but without spectators. Customers and employees must wear cloth face coverings when around others, a health order stated.

The state order requires people to wear masks when inside or in line for any indoor open spaces, in social insurance settings like medical clinics and drug stores, while sitting tight for or riding open transportation, and in outside spaces where it’s not possible to stay six feet (1.8 meters) apart from others.

As of recently, the Democratic senator had permitted neighborhood governments to conclude whether mandate masks, an issue that has become politically fraught as some Americans resist orders to wear them. Newsom said he issued the order because too many people are going out in public without face coverings as businesses, restaurants and other sectors of the economy reopen.

Other exceptions include Children 2 and younger,  people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks,  people who are deaf or with hearing loss, and those who communicate with them and people receiving treatments on their noses and mouths. There’s also an exception if wearing a face covering would violate workplace safety guidelines.

Individuals eating out at eateries wouldn’t need to wear veils while they are eating and drinking as long as they are six feet away from others. 

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For a few, particularly more seasoned grown-ups and individuals with existing medical issues, it can cause increasingly extreme disease, including pneumonia, and demise.

Why the order came now? Newsom explained –  “simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. 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. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing.”

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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