A Democrat, who is responsible for signing bills passed by the California state Legislature, is controversially forcing residents to cover their noses and mouths to help contain the deadly Asian disease.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has decided to ignore the Trump administration’s advice to ease social distancing measures and will further tighten CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus restrictions by ordering Golden State residents to wear a face mask when in “high-risk situations.”
“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered, putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” he said in a statement. “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.”
The governor believes now is not the time to ease government restrictions even though he is allowing extreme “anarchist” protests to continue despite demonstrators repeatedly breaking social distancing rules.
Civil unrest swept across the nation after Minnesotan George Floyd died in police custody. Local police allegedly handcuffed and kneed Floyd’s throat before he became unresponsive on May 25.
“Going to repeat, repeat, repeat: COVID-19 [CCP Virus] is still here,” he said on Twitter. “Wear a face covering. Wash your hands. Practice physical distancing. Be smart.”
The California Department of Public Health released a list of locations where personal protection equipment would be required by law, including waiting lines, for health care providers, public transportation, ride sharing, and both indoor and outdoor public spaces.
“People in California must wear face coverings when … engaged in work whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, [and] working in any space visited by members of the public,” the department said in a statement. “[This also applies when] 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 [or] in any room or enclosed area where other people … are present when unable to physically distance.”
The department revealed some people may be exempt from the new rule, including toddlers aged 2 and under, people with a mental health condition or disability, and workers who cannot safely cover their face. Other exclusions include face cosmetic surgery patients, patrons who need to eat or drink, outdoor or recreation workers, and state prison inmates.
“Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a nonrestrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it,” the department said.
Anyone caught violating the face mask rule could be charged with a misdemeanor and even be fined, a representative for the governor said according to the Los Angeles Times.