SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Californians are now being required to wear masks statewide, according to new guidance released on Thursday by the public health department.

The requirement means everyone across the state are being mandated to wear face coverings when outside their home.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said, in a statement, that he took the action because not enough people were choosing to wear masks in public – despite the urging of health officials that face coverings will help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” Newsom said.

California, which has started to move into phase three of reopening, has started to see a new spike in confirmed coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, the state set a record of more than 4,100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The mandate is similar to those already enacted by different jurisdictions across the state. Mainly, people will need to wear a mask when in a situation where social distancing isn’t possible.

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This means that people are being required to wear masks when entering any indoor public space (like a grocery store or picking up food from a restaurant), going to the doctor’s or dentist’s office and taking public transportation, among other situations.

Children under two and people with certain medical conditions are among those exempt from having to wear a mask.

People who are outside exercising also do not need to wear a mask, but health officials say they should keep a face covering handy in case they get into a situation where social distancing isn’t possible.

Diners sitting at restaurants also don’t need to wear masks under the mandate, as long as other parties are sitting at least six feet away.

Read the full mask requirement breakdown at the public health department’s website.

Comments (31)
  1. NotMyGovernor says:

    If you don’t like this be sure to fill out the Gavin Newsom recall petition.

  2. Cynical Optimist says:

    The protests and riots are over so of course we now have a spike. I think it’s safe to assume that if people keep doing what they were doing before and we don’t have any more massive gatherings, everything will be fine.

  3. D. M. Bo says:

    We might as well start calling “the governor” by a title more suiting, perhaps “Chirman Newsome”, or “Supreme Leader Newsome”, or “Big Brother Newsome. He flatly does not have the power to order citizens of the Republic of California to stay at home or to wear masks or to decide what businesses can operate and how they must operate. What we are seeing here is the progression toward absolute tyranny. How do you know that this is yet another step down the path to tyranny. 1) There is no debate. What we are force fed is one narrative that is crafted by the minions of the globalist, international bankers and billionaires, broadcast via the mainstream media, which they own (all the television, newspapers, magazines, entertainment industry, radio is owned by a handful of companies and together they are the propaganda machine that is programming you.) 2) Dissent is not allowed. All avenues of public speech are being censored, either through one sided media coverage which does not acknowledge dissenting opinions or labels such opinions, without facts, as flatly wrong or stuff of crazy conspiracy mongers. 3) Science is distorted and claims are made of scientific facts that point to imminent danger requiring drastic steps to be taken to “keep you safe”. You sheeple need to wake up and recognize that the bought and paid for politicians, the talking heads on the television, and the un-elected government official experts, among others are all lying to you, all of the time. You can do all the social distancing you want and wear full hazmat gear all day long and that will not prevent people from coming into contact with a virus that is in the wild, that is why they call it a pandemic. Those that are going to die from it are going to die from it and there is nothing you can do about it. You will note that no government official has made any claim that they have saved any lives, because they haven’t. All they have done is destroy the economy, and that is going to cost people their lives. Many of you are starving to death already and don’t even know it.

  4. Dagny R says:

    Isn’t it funny that he says “he’s just seeing too many uncovered faces,” and says it applies to all public places? Then the media parrots this and nearly NO ONE actually reads the mandate which exempts us form wearing face coverings while outside and maintaining distance? Then half the people say the others aren’t following the mandate because they aren’t wearing masks?? This is a very divisive mandate, and clearly presented unclearly to lead to citizen infighting.

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