On Thursday, California’s Governor mandated that residents should wear a mask at all times when they are outside their home.
The rule was necessary due to many Californians refusing to cover their faces in the midst of the pandemic.
The order, according to Reuters, is “one of the broadest” in any US state.
California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom said during a conference:
“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered, putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease.”
“Our numbers are going up, not down. Hospitalization numbers are just starting to creep back up, and I’m very concerned by what we’re seeing.” Newsom told ABC7 Los Angeles
Newsom did not address how the rule will be enforced in the state. Click here to read more.
Does Everyone Have To Wear A Mask?
There will be exceptions on people eating inside restaurants or exercising outdoors, as long as the 6 feet physical distance is observed.
Other exceptions to the new rule are:
- children who are two years of age or under
- persons with medical or mental health condition where wearing of masks can be detrimental to their health and persons with disability that prevents them from wearing masks
- hearing impaired people
- People whose service requires them to take off their masks
- Incarcerated persons
State and local authorities, according to the report “have the power to charge Californians who neglect to wear a mask with a misdemeanor, according to state health officials”.
Cases of the novel coronavirus have been continuously increasing.
Most states have already imposed their own mask guidelines while states like Iowa and Montana have none.
In a research done by a group of scientists from the University of California San Diego, Caltech and Texas A&M, it confirms that masks “determine the pandemic’s trends”, and “significantly” reduce the number of infections.