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California makes face coverings mandatory outside
Californians are now required to wear masks in a variety of public settings when social distancing isn’t possible. The order by Gov. Gavin Newsom includes visits to high-risk settings such as healthcare facilities and while people are waiting or riding public transit.
It comes one week after Orange County reversed a mask requirement when threats of violence over the mandate forced the county public health officer to step down.
“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” the Democratic governor said in a statement Thursday.
“California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.”