California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring the use of masks.
On Thursday, in a tweet, he said "Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces - particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible."
"Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible," according to the COVID-19 California website.
As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom was considering mandating a statewide order requiring the use of masks.
Currently, mask requirements vary from county to county.
Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that the same day the county saw four new deaths and 67 new cases of COVID-19. Dr. Peter Beilenson, the county health services director, said he was aware of similar discussions at the state level.
Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, has been pushing for a statewide mask order, arguing it’s an issue that “shouldn’t be dependent on county choice.”
“It’s not like you have to cross a bridge to go from one county to the next,” he said. “There are some things that should be state standards and state mandates.”