By Michael P Coleman

With California’s new mandatory mask edict, discussions about face coverings and coronavirus are at a fever pitch.

While some believe that the use of face coverings is a temporary, necessary act that will help us all manage coronavirus and is in the best interest of community public health, others think that using them is a violation of their constitutional rights.

I believe that business owners have a right to deny service to anyone who would threaten their lives by walking into their shop during a global pandemic — and a period during which California coronavirus cases are on the rise — without their noses and mouths covered. Just yesterday, I was shocked to find unmasked customers in a small Subway restaurant ordering dinner from a woman who was wearing a mask.

A couple of months ago, as the gravity of COVID-19 was becoming clear, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris provided one of the early voices of reason, with a playbook for managing coronavirus. With the state’s new face covering mandate, it was time for an update.

Here’s what Dr. Burke Harris has to say about face coverings:

“As you likely know, people expel respiratory droplets into the air all the time through breathing, sneezing, coughing, talking, singing, shouting and so on. A face covering can capture those droplets and reduce the risk of virus transmission to others.

When communities come together and we all wear face coverings, it significantly slows the spread of COVID-19 and other viral outbreaks. We know that face coverings, alongside physical distancing and handwashing, are effective in reducing COVID-19 transmission.

With this in mind, Californians are required to wear face coverings when going into public spaces, indoors or when physical distancing is not possible outdoors. This includes, shopping or standing in line, entering indoor public spaces, and riding public transportation. When you’re wearing your mask, make sure it covers your nose and mouth and fits snuggly on both sides of your face.

So keep the face covering in your pocket or bag and put it on when you’re with others outside your household. It really will make a difference in protecting our health!”

– Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General

So there you have it, straight from the masked mouth of one of our most trusted medical professionals!

In summary this summer, and most likely into the fall…

PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN IN PUBLIC AND YOU CANNOT PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Published by Michael P Coleman

Freelance writer. I used to talk to strangers and get punished. Now I talk to strangers and get published.

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