If you live in the city of San Francisco, you may need to grab a face covering before going outside next. As of yesterday, the City has outlined revised rules regarding required public mask donning. Among the revisions was that a mask must be worn within 30 feet of someone who is not in your household, including people exercising.  

The mandate acknowledged the efforts of Bay Area residents, applauding their work to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but as attention turns to reopening businesses in the city means further precaution.   

“One of the strongest protections we, as a society, can implement as we continue to interact more in person is to increase our use of Face Coverings,” said the mandate

The City Health Officer has now revised the original order to “more generally require wearing Face Coverings when people are outside their homes.”   

These activities include:

  • Working or engaging in face-to-face interactions

  • When outside, when anyone else other than just members of their household or living unit is within 30 feet

  • In the workplace except when in a private space or area not regularly used by others

  • When preparing food or other items for sale of distribution to people who are not members of their household  

There are some exceptions to these news rules. For example, any child under 12 years or younger does not need to wear masks especially those under two to avoid the risk of suffocation, a written exemption from a healthcare provider, or people who are alone or with family members of their household that are outside and stationary in a park or a patio.

The mandate also warned that violations or failure to comply with the revised order may receive a misdemeanor, punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

Be safe out there!

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