Breaking News: California: Governor Gavin Newsom announced face mask mandate statewide in most indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):

California: Governor Gavin Newsom has announced on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 that face mask will be mandate statewide in most indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release, Governor Gavin Newsom said, “Science shows that face coverings and masks work. They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

** Face Mask Mandate in California when in the following situations: **

– Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;

– Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;

– Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;

– Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:

– Interacting in-person with any member of the public;

– Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;

– Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;

– Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;

– In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.

– Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.

– While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The order comes as California broadly reopens the economy; in most counties, people can now shop, dine in at restaurants, get their hair done and go to church, among other things.

Governor Gavin Newsom said he’s issuing the order now because too many people are going out in public without face coverings as businesses, restaurants and other sectors of the economy reopen.

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the state, something the State of California says is expected as more people get tested.

More than 3,400 people were in the hospital as of Wednesday, the most patients hospitalized since April 2020.

A number of other states already have statewide mask orders in place, including Michigan, New York, Maine, Delaware and Maryland.

There are some exceptions to the face mask mandate in California.

** Exemptions from Face Mask Mandate in California are: **

– Children aged two and under.

– Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

– Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

– Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

– Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.

– Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.

– Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

– Persons who are incarcerated. 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.

The press release didn’t say how it would enforce the order or what the penalty would be for people who don’t comply.

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