Date: June 18, 2020
Governor Newsom: "Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease."
"As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another," said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. "Combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings when we are with others outside of our household will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is still a very real threat across our state."
Today's guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions.