Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

The California Department of Public Health today released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

Governor Newsom also addressed why he took this action now. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. 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.”

“As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “Combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings when we are with others outside of our household will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is still a very real threat across our state.”

Today’s guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions. 

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

  • 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, 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 six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:

  • Children aged two and under;
  • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.


The new guidance is here: Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.

More information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

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a-1592597820 Jun 19, 2020 01:17 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Also, I am someone who believes Hydrochloroquine works for some - I know some it worked for - and also believe in masking so ppl really need to stop making generalizations about people based on political stuff/stereotypes. Again this never should have become political. This is the MAIN problem with what we are seeing now.

@chelsea Jun 19, 2020 01:43 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Hydroxychloroquine (hydroxychloroquine systemic) is a member of the following drug classes: antimalarial quinolines, antirheumatics and is used to treat COVID-19, Dermatomyositis, Lyme Disease - Arthritis, Malaria, Malaria Prevention, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. Not windmill cancer.

a-1592600141 Jun 19, 2020 01:55 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

FDA ends emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine. Recent clinical trials showed that the drugs were not effective against treating or preventing the disease.

a-1592600456 Jun 19, 2020 02:00 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

In this observational study involving patients with Covid-19 who had been admitted to the hospital, hydroxychloroquine administration was not associated with either a greatly lowered or an increased risk of the composite end point of intubation or death. Randomized, controlled trials of hydroxychloroquine in patients with Covid-19 are needed. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health.)

a-1592600859 Jun 19, 2020 02:07 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

On 5 June, researchers in the United Kingdom announced the results from the largest trial yet, Recovery, in a press release. In a group of 1542 hospitalized patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, 25.7% had died after 28 days, compared with 23.5% in a group of 3132 patients who had only received standard care. “These data convincingly rule out any meaningful mortality benefit,” wrote the investigators, who ended the study early and promised to publish the full results as soon as possible.

a-1592600891 Jun 19, 2020 02:08 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Another hope for hydroxychloroquine, that it might prevent people exposed to the virus from getting sick, also faded last week when David Boulware of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and colleagues published the results of the largest study to date of this strategy, called postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). The researchers sent either hydroxychloroquine or a placebo by mail to 821 people who had been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient for more than 10 minutes without proper protection. They reported in The New England Journal of Medicine that 12% of the people who took the drug went on to develop COVID-19 symptoms, versus 14% in a placebo group, a difference that was not statistically significant.

Chip of SB Jun 19, 2020 02:49 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Here is an article from cbs dated March 3. It explains why masks are ineffective and may actually do more harm than good. The “science” these experts presented has changed a bit since then. However, if transmission of the virus is possible by touching one’s face the concerns expressed in this article remain valid today.

a-1592606918 Jun 19, 2020 03:48 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Chip. Your "source" is dated March 3rd. Do you seriously have to go back that far to find a mistaken nugget that adapts to your far-right agenda? The low information opinon piece you presented claims "experts" say a number of time, but does not say who these experts are and no studies are cited. It also cites Trump appointees who can't be counted on. There are several major studies out now that show that masks lower the risk of transmission.

a-1592607841 Jun 19, 2020 04:04 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Oh and Chip - the low information opinion piece you presented shows a Twitter post from Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States claiming masks don't work. Adams later retracted this recommendation because he said there was new information about the asymptomatic spread of the virus.

SBCARNUT53 Jun 19, 2020 04:49 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

My comments are always removed from these posts, so I doubt that this will post. I just have to say that it is amazing to me that we have this many COVID experts, you should be proud! The folks here that realize these masks are essentially useless have my respect, the rest of you experts scare the hell out of me! Honestly I can't believe I drive the same roads with you people. The science that our wonderful friend Newsom is talking about doesn't fly! Their is no Science that backs up his order that everyone wear a mask. I invite all of you people that think us non conformists are stupid to inquire with Cal Osha & get the real facts. I don't wear one because I'm Asthmatic & I'm not willing to have an asthma attack for any reason. Anyone that has asthma knows what I'm talking about. I guess what I'm saying is you dooms day folks shouldn't call someone stupid, because they don't do or act like you. I know that a mask is really bad for me & the people that are wearing them daily just might find that they may develop bronchitis or have some other issues from using them. Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but they simply don't work for stopping a Virus. I would also like to point out that if you are so convinced they work, why worry about someone that doesn't wear one, your wearing your mask so no worries! I just had to throw out my two cents!

macpuzl Jun 19, 2020 06:53 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Here, since you seem to have missed it in other postings, is the refutation of your mask misinformation:

Shasta Guy Jun 19, 2020 06:55 PM
Californians Must Wear Face Masks in Higher-Risk Situations

Masks are deceptive because they don’t prevent airborne virus particles from reaching your eyes, and they don’t prevent virus on your hand picked up from somewhere being transferred to your eyes when you touch your face. Masks only REDUCE, not ELIMINATE the virus plume emitted by some an infected person coughing or sneezing. If you think that mask is going to protect you in public where are sick people you are misinformed. The only way to avoid getting the virus is to avoid sick people in public, and to use all the fastidiousness you are capable of to keep your hands sterile before touching your face which you do 100s of times per day.


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