New Face Covering Requirements

Photo credit Kimo Jensen

Starting Friday, May 1, San Diego County is requiring people to wear facial coverings when in public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coverings include a Mask, Bandanna, Scarf or even a T-shirt in public, and  when you're within six feet of other people who are not a part of your household.

Facial covering requirements include:

Waiting in line to go inside a store;

Shopping in a store;

Picking up food at a restaurant;

Waiting for or riding on public transportation;

Riding in a taxi or a rideshare vehicle;

Seeking healthcare;

Going into facilities allowed to stay open; 

And working an essential job that interacts with the public.

Now you're not required to wear facial coverings all the time.

Some instances include;

In your vehicle alone or with members of your household;

Due to the risk of suffocation, children under the age of 2 years old, are not required to wear facial coverings;

While surfing, swimming, cycling, walking, runing, or hiking. But do comply with social distancing while taking part in these activities, which means maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people. So you should have face covering ready to put on in populated places to avoid droplet spread. Except with members of the same household; 

And if your doctor recommends against wearing a face covering due to health conditions. But be prepared to provide documentation.