Governor Newsom Orders All Californians to Wear Masks in Public

COVID-19 Update

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Governor Newsom and California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an Order requiring all Californians to wear masks or other face coverings when in high-risk situations, including:

  • 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 or a 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 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible

The new state guidance exempts:

  • Those under 2 years of age
  • Persons with medical conditions or disabilities
  • Situations in which wearing a face covering “would create a risk to the person related to their work”
  • Diners at a restaurant
  • Individuals engaged in outdoor recreation, as long as physical distance is maintained
  • Individuals receiving a service involving the nose or face
  • Persons who are incarcerated

This guidance does not supersede any additional rules or regulations imposed by local counties or municipalities. A full list of county-by-county guidance is available here.

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