California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday issued an order requiring all residents to wear face coverings in public areas as the state continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order comes as new cases are increasing and new guidance from the California Department of Public Health warns that asymptomatic or presymptomatic people can still spread the disease.
“Our numbers are going up, not going down. Hospitalization numbers are just starting to creep back up, and I’m very concerned by what we’re seeing. We think the most impactful thing we can do, short of going back to a stay-at-home order, is wearing face coverings when we can’t practice physical distancing.”
– Governor Gavin Newsom
People will be required to wear masks or other coverings in public spaces, on public transportation, while seeking medical care, if out shopping, and in most work environments.
Newsom said the statewide order was a necessity as people are not obeying independent municipalities’ mandatory mask-wearing measures. There was no mention of how the order will be enforced, or what the punishment will be for not obeying.
California has seen 167,234 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,356 deaths.