Facial Coverings

FACE COVERINGS

MANDATORY IN PUBLIC SPACES STATEWIDE

As of June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions here. Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.

This order mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and hand-washing.

Effective July 23, 2020 the Santa Barbara County Health Officer issued Health  Officer  Order  No.  2020-10.1 requiring individuals in the County of Santa Barbara to wear face coverings when in high-risk situations that may contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

WHEN MUST FACIAL COVERINGS BE WORN?

People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space (note: public space refers to any non-private home)
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public:
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

EXEMPTIONS TO FACIAL COVERING ORDER

Certain people are exempt from wearing a face covering under specific circumstances, including:

  • Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or those who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff.

Click here to review the State Order.

FRAUDULENT FACE COVERING FLYERS ALERT

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is aware of scams involving face mask posting and flyers.  The Department urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and to visit ADA.gov for ADA information issued by the Department. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Face Coverings