LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Many people ignored requests to wear face coverings in Riverside County, so now it is mandatory, and those found in violation can be charged a fine of up to $1,000 per violation per day.

A lot of stores have sold out of masks and officials urge that medical-grade masks should be reserved for health care workers on the frontlines, so people are getting creative by making their own face coverings.

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The new order went into effect Sunday at midnight.

“It’s about saving lives so that we can stop or slow the spread of the disease,” said county spokesperson Brooke Frederico.

Frederico said law enforcement are focused primarily on educating the public about the importance of wearing face coverings and that they are rushing into issuing enforcement, however, she says that failed compliance could eventually lead to being fined.

Some residents say it’s a precaution that’s important to follow as the virus continues to spread but others say issuing a fine is going a bit overboard.

“I still don’t, you know unless I’m going in somewhere, where I know I have to wear it, I’m not wearing it,” said Christine Hochworth.

The Riverside Police Department says at this point their officers are just issuing friendly reminders if he sees people having large gatherings or not wearing face coverings.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, who lost two veteran deputies to coronavirus, said he wants it to be clear that’s he’s asking for people to comply with the order voluntarily.

“We will not be stopping vehicles or setting checkpoints for motorists,” said Sheriff Chad Bianco. “We will not be stopping you while out on a walk with your kids.”

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Comments (9)
  1. Heath Christopher says:

    “Frederico said law enforcement are focused primarily on educating the public about the importance of wearing face coverings and that they are rushing into issuing enforcement”

    How about educating people that wearing gloves IS MORE IMPORTANT! F’ing idiots need to learn, GLOVES FIRST, masks are SECONDARY. You can’t get the virus from simply walking around through someone else’s air, there needs to be droplets from a cough or sneeze involved. But the virus can stick to some surface for days on end, and people aren’t wearing f’ing gloves? Then touch everything and others touch that too and everyone thinks you need masks more? Jesus christ people…*facepalm*

  2. tsf says:

    WHY is it so hard to find the MASK MANDATE in writing??
    I’ve looked long and hard, (and I’m pretty good at Googling), keeping in min that such orders could be based on county, state level (?), and possibly at local municipal levels at well.
    I respect law enforcement a lot. But having such an order available as written would be helpful, especially in cases of arbitrary enforcement.

    For instance, when driving in your car with the windows shut – is a mask required? Common sense says no, but the law does not forgive ignorance of the law. So, what the hell are the written specifics?

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