California governor Newsom issues order for people to wear masks outside of homes

California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted Thursday:

NEW: Californians are now REQUIRED to wear face coverings in public spaces.

Together — we can slow the spread. Do your part. Wear a mask.

TheHill reports California residents will be required to wear masks when outside of their homes, officials announced Thursday.

The new measures released by the state health department require residents to wear face coverings in nearly all settings outside of their homes as the state continues to gradually reopen businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said in a statement. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

Newsom said officials are seeing “too many people with faces uncovered,” which is risking progress the state has made fighting the virus.

“California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing,” he added.

A number of states already have statewide mask orders in place.

The requirements call for residents to wear face coverings when they are inside or in line to enter any public space. It also calls for residents to wear masks while outdoors in public spaces and within six feet of others.