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San Diego County issues public facial covering requirement

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:18:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County Supervisors announced Friday a mandate for facial coverings in public amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The new public health order requires residents to wear a facial covering when they leave their homes and are within six feet of non-household members.

The order will go in effect May 1, according the Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, but city leaders encourage residents to begin wearing facial coverings immediately.

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The county's new health order comes has several cities have instituted some sort of facial covering requirement recently. National City was the first city in the county to require facial coverings in public. Chula Vista started requiring face coverings the next day.

Imperial Beach had started requiring facial coverings for those using some parks that have since reopened amid the pandemic.

The county's new order brings a standard order to cover all cities under the same rule, Supervisor Fletcher said Friday. The county had already issued an order that required employees of essential businesses (including gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and convenience stores) and public transportation, bank, and childcare workers serving food to wear facial coverings.

Statewide, facial coverings have been recommended.

The county recommends the public calls 2-1-1 to report any complaints of essential businesses where employees are not wearing facial coverings.