California expanded its mask mandate. Here are the new guidelines

Nov. 17, 2020 
A masked pedestrian passes a mural by Farnaz Zabetian on the Powell Street Walgreen's in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, November 12, 2020. California is expected to hit 1 million COVID cases on Thursday as the pandemic continues practically unabated across the country.
A masked pedestrian passes a mural by Farnaz Zabetian on the Powell Street Walgreen’s in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, November 12, 2020. California is expected to hit 1 million COVID cases on Thursday as the pandemic continues practically unabated across the country.
Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle

California health officials issued a new and expanded mask mandate this week in light of an alarming surge of corona virus cases statewide.

The state’s new mandate, updated from June, requires everyone in the state to don a face covering at all times when they’re outside the home, with a few exceptions, including: if they are in a car alone or with members of their household; if they are working in an office or room alone; if they are actively eating or drinking (maintaining a 6 foot distance from others); if they are outdoors 6 feet apart from others; or if they are obtaining a service involving the nose or face.

The expanded mask order, though in line with what most Bay Area counties have already required, will now extend to everyone in the state.

 The new mandate also includes some exemptions, for those younger than 2 years old, who are hearing-impaired, or who have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering.

The announcement came as the state pulled an “emergency brake” on its reopening strategy in order to de-escalate the spread of the corona virus, as it anticipates even more spikes from holiday and travel-related transmission.

California’s daily average for new corona virus cases has doubled in the last 10 days to nearly 8,200, The Chronicle reported, and the proportion of people tested who have the virus — the positivity rate — has risen to 4.6%, up from 3.7% last week, with social gatherings the main driver.

“This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference Monday. “We are now moving backwards, not forwards.”

At least they’re taking this latest outbreak seriously here.  When I got in the car with Granddaughter yesterday, she had her mask on so I put mine on too.  After all, we don’t live in the same household.  California has always had more stringent mandates than most other states, so it’s scary to see the number of cases rise so quickly and sharply.

Stay safe: wear a mask & wash your damn hands!

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kat
1 week ago

Wow! Stay safe

1 week ago

B.C. has very similar mandates but we are not quite to the point where we have to wear the masks everywhere all the time. And we also have exemptions like breathing conditions and some disabilities and being under two also.

I wonder if California is talking to the premier of B.C. and taking notes?

1 week ago

@jaythesmartone Maybe, but I think the knowledge of what has to be done to keep this thing from spreading is pretty well known by almost everybody but Trumpettes.  I’m sure there are exemptions for breathing conditions, but if I was having breathing conditions I’d just stay home rather than take the chance!

1 week ago

@ghostdancer

I am not high risk but hubby is and I am staying home to help protect him, but unfortunately he has an essential service job so he has to go to work and wear a mask and gloves and safety goggles all day.

1 week ago

@jaythesmartone Is being a Trump Fan considered a disability in B.C.?  I think it should be here.

1 week ago

@sleepygene

Yes it is we Canadians think he and hos family are more then idiots and we never ever want any of them here ever….

1 week ago

@jaythesmartone He and Ho sound like something you’d see on his and hers tee-shirts–the ones with fingers pointing in opposite directions.

1 week ago

@sleepygene

yeah something like that….