Orange County Sheriff’s Department will not enforce County mandated Face Mask Order.
The Orange County Health Care Agency mandated on May 23 2020, that Face Coverings be required when individuals are out in public.
The Face Covering Mandate is part of preventive measures that the County of Orange agreed to with the State of California, so that the County could move forward in re-opening Businesses.
The State of California on May 23 2020, approved the County of Orange to lift more COVID-19 business restrictions.
During the Orange County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday May 26 2020, Chairwoman Michelle Steele asked Sheriff Barnes how his Department was going to enforce the OC Health Care Agency May 22 2020 Face Coverings Mandate.
Orange County Sheriff Barnes stated that, “We are not the mask police nor do I intend to be the mask police.”
He went on to explain that he prefers to have his Officers educate the public about wearing masks.
Orange County Sheriff Barnes further stated that “He will not direct his staff to enforcement of the Mask requirement.”
Other California Law Enforcement Agencies including (San Jose Police, Riverside County, Beaumont Police) have previously stated that they will not be citing people for not wearing masks.
OC Health Care Explains Why Face Coverings Are Important
“Many people who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus to others without knowing it.”
“A face covering blocks droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, sings or breathes.”
Countries that advised or require their citizens to wear face coverings in public have been shown to be more successful in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“When compliance is high, spreading of the virus slows.”
Effective 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2020, and continuing until further notice, the following shall be in effect in unincorporated and incorporated territories of Orange County, California:
All Orange County residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face-covering when
(i) in a public place
(ii) visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business or
(iii) at work, and when the resident or visitor is not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or live in the same living unit.
Cloth Face Covering Materials
A cloth face-covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth
it can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face
it can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen; and a face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand
or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
The cloth face-covering order SHALL NOT APPLY to children under the age of 2; anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance; persons with a medical or mental health condition, or development disability, that prevents wearing a cloth face-covering.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthony Fauci States That People Should Wear Face Coverings in Public
Dr Fauci was interview on PBS News Hour on May 12 2020.
He was asked about the best personal protection for the general public during the coronavirus pandemic.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci told lawmakers on May 12 2020 that people should maintain social distancing guidelines, when possible, and wear face coverings in public.
Fauci said, adding that it should be a “very regular part” of how we stop the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 Resource Information is Online
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