LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Face masks are now required across the state of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.

People wearing face masks walk at the Griffith Observatory with a view of the Hollywood sign at the start of Memorial Day holiday weekend amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles on May 22, 2020. (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

The order applies to all Californians in indoor spaces, healthcare settings, on public transportation and rideshare vehicles and at workplaces that are visited by the public or where food is prepared for sale or distribution. Masks will also be required outdoors where people cannot maintain a distance of six feet from each other.

“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 issued by the state’s Department of Public Health.

Children 2 and under, and anyone with a developmental disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering or is hearing impaired and relies on lip reading are exempt. Face coverings are also not required when people are eating or drinking or exercising outdoors, provided they can maintain a distance of at least six feet from people who are not from their households. Prison inmates are also exempt and are subject to prison and jail-specific guidelines.

The state of California has been slowly reopening its economy, drawing more people out of their homes, which has coincided with an increase in coronavirus infections. Los Angeles County recorded a record 2,100 infections Wednesday.

“Science shows that face coverings and masks works,” Newsom said in the statement. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

Public health officials have identified face coverings as a convenient and reliable way to slow the transmission of COVID-19, but being required to wear masks has become especially contentious in Orange County and other less-populated areas. Face masks are required in Los Angeles County for anyone interacting with people outside their homes, but were only encouraged in Orange and Ventura counties. Mask requirements in Riverside and San Bernardino counties were eased in recent months.

Riverside County Supervisor Chair V. Manuel Perez said he was happy the governor made the decision and urged everyone to follow the new requirement.

“This pandemic has hit hard all of our communities. But in particular, people of color and vulnerable communities such as seniors, farm workers and those with compromised immune systems,” Perez said in a statement. “We see a rise in positive cases and hospital bed usage in the county but more so in the Coachella Valley. Social distancing, washing our hands and wearing facial coverings are all simple measures that we can all abide by to protect ourselves and our fellow neighbors.”

Last week, face-coverings in Orange County became a choice after lifting the mask requirement throughout the county.

Newsom’s mask order came as a surprise to Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Michelle Steel.

“It was a surprise for us,” Steel said. “We have to review exactly when to wear, when not to wear, and exactly what we are going to do.”

The statewide order now overrides local city and county guidelines on face coverings.

Comments (81)
  1. Frank says:

    Unless your protesting, rioting, or looting in which case you’re exempt from the face mask mandate.

    1. Steve says:

      Frank, you’re spot on! Totally agree.

  2. David Hawkins says:

    Newsom sucks…… just because you got an ugly wife doesn’t mean we all should wear masks.

  3. Joanne says:

    Thank goodness! 🙂 I hope our local grocery stores in Orange County, CA will now go back to insist posting on the doors everyone wears a face covering instead of the relaxed rule we had implemented as a result of our dear Public Health Officer and Physician receiving death threats for mandating face coverings and her resignation. The new man appointed said they were only strongly sugested. I was afraid to go grocery shopping as a result.

  4. Sean says:

    I knew this was gonna happen sooner or later. There are too many morons walking around thinking either the pandemic is over or it doesn’t pertain to them, because of an infringement on their freedom. These morons will never understand it’s not about them, until they unknowingly infect and/or kill someone.

  5. Matt says:

    It is about time. We gave plenty of time for people to act responsibly and well, they weren’t. This will be great for our economy.

  6. Phillip M Rhodes II says:

    “Children 2 and under, and anyone with a developmental disability that prevents the wearing of a face covering or is hearing impaired and relies on lip reading are exempt.”

    Curious, seeing as they would rely on reading OTHER peoples lips, why wouldnt they have to wear a mask?

    1. Chris says:

      I am hearing impaired and had to smh at that too…I hope it is just the reporting and that the governor actually thought this through. I don’t rely on reading my own lips so, generally, it’s not an issue if I am wearing a mask. It is a challenge for me to understand others who are wearing masks.

  7. CharlyG says:

    You lost me when you said Science shows….. Science is not a thing. It can not “show” anything. A scientist interprets the result, and therein lies the problem.

  8. beehivejim says:

    No scientific basis for California. If you look at the per capita (per million) stats, CA is one of the least affected states in the country. Newsom is following other Dem Governors like Cuomo and Murphy, but their stats (per mill.) are many times higher in their states. This is all about power and control. It is also an illegal order. Recall Newsom.

    1. Steve says:

      At last a common sense post!

  9. natalaqua says:

    Gavin Newsom is a Jesuit, same as Fauci, Redfield (Rubin) and the CDC cabal

  10. Fidel007 says:

    Protest people thanks for being selfish and not wearing a mask. Don’t think its a coincidence the spike came 2 weeks later.

  11. Joe says:

    How can you mandate this? Is this legal? Serious question

    1. Dan says:

      Law: In California, the Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Act authorizes the State Department of Health Services to adopt and enforce regulations requiring strict or modified isolation or quarantine, if deemed necessary for the protection of the public health.

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  13. Why aren’t you wearing your mask Nicole!?!?!

  14. Matt says:

    More people are killed by the flu shot than this virus. That is fact yet they still push it on the public despite the scientific fact. How are they in charge of our choices regarding our health. This is not right. Newsome is garbage and needs to go. He cheated and broke his vow of matrimony, so why would he be honest with anyone else?

  15. BozoTheClown says:

    Matt, it’s scary to think that you are walking amongst us. Take off your tin foil hat and put on a mask!

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