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On April 17, the San Mateo County Health Officer in conjunction with other Bay Area counties issued an order requiring individuals to wear a face covering when they need to leave their home to work or obtain essential goods and services.

The Order is effective as of 11:59 p.m. April 17, 2020 and enforceable as of 8 a.m. April 22, 2020.

Violations of the health order are punishable as a misdemeanor under California Health and Safety Code section 120195. Violations can carry a fine up to $1,000, imprisonment up to 90 days, or both.

Read the original order here. Revised order May 19: read it here.

A face covering is not a substitute for guidance about social distancing and handwashing.

Download the cloth face covering graphic at the top of this page here.