Governor Newsom Now Requires Masks to Be Worn in All Public Areas

By Pacey on June 18, 2020
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At first it was reported that Newsom ordered Californians to wear masks in only high-risk areas.

However it is now clear that the governor is ordering ALL Californians to wear masks in ALL public places.



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In fact, they released a list of do’s and don’ts, see them below:

People in California must wear face coverings when they are in public settings:
• 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;2
• 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;
1 Unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., school or childcare center)
2 Unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider
• 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
• 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.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
• Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear
a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
• Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability
that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a
medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct
breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to
remove a face covering without assistance.
• Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who
is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for
• 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 or
masks for both inmates and staff.

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