Updated guidelines for face coverings: Required when outside of the home

by Linda Hubbard on November 17, 2020
The state of California issued updated guidance mandating that a face covering is required at all times when outside of the home, with some exceptions. Exceptions are:
  • Persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household.
  • Persons who are working in an office or in a room alone.
  • Persons who are actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
  • Persons who are outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from others not in their household. Such persons must have a face covering with them at all times and must put it on if they are within 6 feet of others who are not in their household.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Workers who are required to wear respiratory protection.
  • Persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by other CDPH guidance. (see link for details)

Photo by Jitze Couperus taken at Menlo Park Farmers Market in June, 2020

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