On June 18, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance on the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside of the home, and now mandates that face coverings be worn statewide according to the circumstances and exceptions listed below. This State order supersedes any local order that is less restrictive. In Orange County, this means the wearing of cloth face coverings is now required in most circumstances. The following information has been provided by the State of California:
Why Wear Cloth Face Coverings?
Coronavirus is spread through inhaling respiratory droplets. Wearing a mask can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the disease. It also reinforces physical distancing, and shows you care about the health of others.
Who needs a mask?
- Anyone going outside their home;
- Workers in customer-facing industries;
- Workers in offices, factories, or any group setting;
- Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals; and
- And other workers, as dictated by industry guidance.
Who shouldn’t wear a mask?
- Children under 2 years old;
- Anyone with respiratory issues where it would impede their breathing; and
- Anyone unable to remove the mask without help.
When should you wear a mask?
You should wear a mask whenever you’ll be around someone you don’t live with, including:
- In any indoor public space;
- When waiting in line;
- When getting health care;
- On public transportation or when ride-sharing;
- At work; and
Can I take my mask off in public?
There are times when it’s okay to take your mask off, such as:
- When eating or drinking;
- If a hearing-impaired person needs to read your lips;
- If wearing a mask imposes a risk to you at work;
- When you are getting a service to the nose or face; and
- When exercising in public and you need more air.
You should replace the mask as soon as you can after these activities to reduce risk of infection.
For more information about this state health order or questions about face coverings, please visit the State’s website, covid19.ca.gov. You can view the full text of the order at cdph.ca.gov. Please be advised that this order does supersede less restrictive orders given by the County of Orange.