Can’t Stay 6 Feet Away? Masks or Face Coverings Now a Must, OC Health Order Says

Monday, June 01, 2020

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(Orange County Register)

To mask or not to mask?
Orange County has made it simpler to answer that question with a public health order that requires masks or cloth face coverings for everyone when they’re in public, in a store, restaurant or office, or anywhere else that they can’t keep a distance from people outside their family or household.
The order, issued recently by County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick, is the latest directive intended to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, which can cause respiratory illness and complications ranging from mild to severe.
County supervisors faced blow back from angry residents at their meeting this week, and board Chairwoman Michelle Steel on Thursday, May 28, condemned threats that led to law enforcement protection for Quick.
But county CEO Frank Kim said that while health officials are working on revisions to the order to conform to new state guidelines on which businesses can be open, he doesn’t expect the mask requirement to change.
“We have really endeavored to make Orange County residents understand the best practices” to avoid spreading infection, he said. “We are not out to have strict enforcement. We are not out to cite individuals.”
Earlier this week, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said his deputies aren’t going to police mask use. Kim did note that cities with their own police departments may address compliance with state and county health orders as they see fit.

Category: Healthcare, COVID-19, Community News