California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new statewide order Thursday that requires all California residents and visitors to wear face masks and coverings during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • There are some requirements, exceptions and guidelines for wearing the masks during the pandemic.
  • 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.”
  • Michigan, New York, Maine, Delaware and Maryland already have statewide masks orders, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

When to wear a mask:

  • Inside a public space
  • Obtaining services from health care service, like a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, blood bank, dental office or physician office.
  • Waiting for or riding public transportation, taxi, car service or ride-share.
  • At work or working off-site when you’re talking with someone.
  • Working where food is prepared.
  • Walking or working in elevators, stairways, hallways.
  • When you’re in a room where there are other people and you can’t physically distance.
  • Driving or operating public transportation or ride-share. Face coverings recommended even when there are no passengers.
  • Outdoors in public spaces when you’re maintaining physical distance from people who are not apart of your household.

Who is exempt?

Some people are exempt from the mask rule, including:

  • Children 2 years old or younger.
  • Anyone with a medical, mental health or development disability that limits them from wearing one.
  • Anyone who has hearing impairment from wearing a mask.
  • Anyone obtaining a service involving nose or face.
  • A person who is seated a restaurant while eating or drinking, as long as they can stay physically distanced from others in the location.
  • People who are incarcerated.
  • People engaged in outdoor work or recreation, like walking, hiking, running or bicycling when alone or with household members.

Some interesting context:

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Earlier in June, Orange County, California, canceled its mandate that required people to wear masks in public, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. The mandate received heavy pushback from locals.

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