Governor Newsom Issues Statewide Mask Order

By Marilyn Nelson on June 18, 2020
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Californians must wear face coverings in all public spaces under a mandate by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

To slow the spread of  COVID-19 the California Department of Public Health is requiring everyone to wear a face mask in “high-risk” areas. reports everyone in California must wear masks 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 and 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 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible


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