News Update: San Bernardino County, CA: County of San Bernardino changes orders for all residents to wear face coverings leaving home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: County of San Bernardino and County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health (Information and Press Releases):

San Bernardino County, California: A day after announcing publicly an order that everyone in San Bernardino County to wear a face covering when leaving home or violating the order is a punishable crime, the County of San Bernardino has changing their tone.

The County of San Bernardino is now saying the public is advised that although violation of a health order is a violation of the California Health and Safety Code, the County does not expect law enforcement to broadly impose citations on violators. The expectation is that law enforcement will rely upon community members to use good judgment, common sense, and act in the best interests of their own health and the health of their loved ones and the community at large. The imposition of penalties on members of the public who willfully and grossly disregard public health orders by putting others at risk of exposure to this infectious disease is meant as a tool for law enforcement to use as a deterrent.

Regarding the use of face-coverings while driving, there is no need for drivers traveling alone or with members of their households to wear face coverings unless they must lower their windows to interact with first responders, food service workers, or others who are not members of their households.

The County of San Bernardino wants residents and the public to know that other clarifying guidance will be forthcoming.

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