San Mateo is the latest Bay Area county to institute a fine for not wearing a mask where they are required.
A unanimous vote Tuesday puts the county in the company of Contra Costa, Napa, Marin and now Santa Cruz counties in creating fines for people caught not covering up their mouth and nose while around others as the coronavirus pandemic persists.
"If you don’t wear your face mask, then you should be fined," San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said in a news release. "This ordinance decriminalizes violations of the health order essentially but at the same time gives us an added tool to enforce compliance of the state’s face covering and social distancing mandates."
Instead of a misdemeanor, San Mateo will instead charge people with infractions.
It will cost $200 for a second violation and $500 for any violations after that.