Face Covering Information

CONTRA COSTA HEALTH OFFICER ISSUES NEW "COVER YOUR FACE" ORDER - 4/17/2020

A new health order in Contra Costa County requires anyone working at or visiting an essential business, such as a grocery store or gas station, to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The order, effective Wednesday, April 22, also requires public transit and government workers to wear masks when they come close to others, or where the public is likely to be present.

Health Order for Members of the Public and Workers to Wear Face Coverings

CLOTH FACE COVERINGS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED ON YOUNG CHILDREN UNDER AGE 2, ANYONE WHO HAS TROUBLE BREATHING, OR IS UNCONSCIOUS, INCAPACITATED OR OTHERWISE UNABLE TO REMOVE THE MASK WITHOUT ASSISTANCE.

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Members of the public must mask when they:

  • work at an essential business
  • are inside an essential business, such as a grocery store
  • visit a healthcare provider or facility
  • wait in line for or ride public transportation

The new order does not extend to people driving in personal vehicles alone or with members of their households. Contra Costa residents are encouraged to continue to observe safe physical distancing when they go out to exercise or for recreation.

When outside, everyone must carry masks or face coverings and use them whenever they come near six feet of others outside their own households.

People engaged in more strenuous exercise, such as running or bicycling, should stay further apart from others while breathing heavily and take steps to avoid breathing on others, such as moving to the other side of the road to avoid pedestrians and wearing a mask if possible.

The order does not require children 12 and younger to wear masks. Children 2 years old or younger must not wear them because of the risk of suffocation.

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HOW TO WEAR A CLOTH FACE COVERING

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape