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California Face Mask Law or Mandate
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For the most up to date information please check with the official state web site of California.

Do I have to wear a mask? People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations.


The California Department of Public Health released its California Mask Mandate on the 18th of June 2020. The state enforces the mandate to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and it applies to anyone living, working, or travelling in the state.

When To Wear Masks
People in California must wear facial coverings or masks when they’re in what the state calls ‘high-risk situations’. The covers can be homemade or store-bought, though they should not be the types used by healthcare professionals. Surgical masks, N95 respirators and the like are in high demand by healthcare professionals, so you shouldn’t use other masks instead.

These situations include when indoors at any public location, such as grocery stores and other businesses. The mask order applies even while waiting in line to get into these locations.

On top of that, you have to wear a mask whenever you’re seeking healthcare services. That means you’ll need a facial covering inside any hospital, clinic, or even when taking a pet to the veterinary clinic.

For workers, masks are necessary whenever that work involves interacting with members of the public. Even when there is no interaction with customers, workers must wear masks in spaces that are accessible to the public.

Masks are also required when using public transportation or when traveling in rideshare vehicles. The same is true for the drivers of those vehicles when operating public transportation or rideshare vehicles such as busses, taxis, and more.

Lastly, masks are required outdoors whenever it’s difficult to keep six feet of social distancing with other people who aren’t from the same household.

There are exceptions to the California mask mandate. Firstly, children under the age of two (2) don’t have to wear a mask or face covering, to prevent suffocation.

Also, the exemption applies to anyone with a medical condition that would make mask-wearing too challenging to bear.

For people with disabilities, they do not have to follow the mask mandate if they’re hard of hearing. A mask is not required when there is a need to see mouths to communicate, such as through lip-reading.

You are allowed to take your mask off while eating and drinking at a restaurant. Plus, you can take it off if you’re receiving services that require access to your face, such as when getting a haircut. Outdoor activities or exercise while social distancing of six feet

Lastly, incarcerated individuals don’t have to follow the California mask mandate. Instead, they’ll follow the guidelines and rules of their institutions.

To read the full California Department of Public Health order on masks click here.