County encourages covering mouth, nose

The County of San Diego issued a new order that will go into effect at midnight on Friday, April 3. Their press release states that:

  • Residents are strongly encouraged to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential activities, such as grocery shopping, getting gas, visiting convenience stores or pharmacies.
  • The cloth facial coverings don’t have to be hospital grade but should cover the nose and mouth. Homemade masks, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are acceptable since these items can be washed and reused. Facial coverings don’t need to be used when people are at home.
  • Effective, Saturday, April 4, all employees of essential businesses must wear a facial covering at supermarkets, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants and pharmacies.
  • All public parks and beaches shall close their parking lots.
  • Law enforcement agencies throughout the region will be out making sure that people who are in public are conducting essential activities and to keep people from being out in groups, especially if they are not members of the same family or household.
  • People who disobey the essential business guideline or who are in groups in public are subject to a misdemeanor ticket. Penalties can be up to a $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail.

“People should continue to practice physical distancing even when wearing facial coverings,” Wooten said. “They should also wash their hands and take other preventive measures since they can still contract the virus if they touch their eyes, nose or mouth.”