The Sacramento Bee (June 18, 2020) –
Californians must now wear masks in all indoor public spaces, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday in an order designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The mandate includes taxis, ride shares, public transportation, lines to enter any indoor public space, anywhere food is being served or prepared and public worksites as spaces where masks are required. Masks are also required outdoors in spaces where people can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.
As the state continues to reopen and Californians find themselves increasingly visiting public places like restaurants, hair salons and movie theaters, masks promise to become an even more ubiquitous feature of California life. So here’s what you need to know about cloth face coverings and masks to slow the pandemic.
HOW DO MASKS PROTECT PEOPLE?
Because the virus spreads through respiratory droplets, wearing a mask can keep you from spreading COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your mask may not directly guard you from the virus, but it keeps others safe.
Masks may help people who are asymptomatic and don’t realize they have COVID-19 from spreading the disease when they go out. Face coverings don’t replace social distancing and other measures, but work alongside them to slow the spread. The CDC sums it up: “Your cloth face covering may protect them. Their cloth face covering may protect you.” If everyone wears a mask in public, risk is reduced for everyone in your community.