Long Beach, CA
Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians to wear face masks in public amid growing concerns over the recent rise of Covid-19 cases across the golden state.
The governor’s mandate includes wearing face masks at work, on public transportation (including ride shares such as Uber), and inside stores, pharmacies, and hospitals among other high risk settings.
In a written statement, Newsom stated, “We are seeing too many people with faces uncovered putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease.” He went onto say, “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.”
Many businesses in Long Beach are now open including a number of restaurants with outdoor patios, hair salons, hotels, museums, art galleries, retail stores, and campgrounds. Bars have yet to be allowed to open.
The City of Long Beach and State of California like many other cities and states have tried to strike a balance between public safety and allowing the economy to reopen. The Coronvavirus has not given up however. While some had pontificated that the virus could weaken in summer months, the opposite has happened. As businesses have begun to reopen coupled by numerous protests across the state reacting to the killing of George Floyd, cases have risen. It is not clear if the protests have played a part in the spike of covid-19 cases or if the increase in infections had more to do with people unknowingly spreading the virus inside establishments.
Either way, with summer upon Long Beach residents, many have taken to the streets without face masks. Across the city, residents seeking a sense of normalcy have taken their own calculated risks making judgement calls of when or not to wear a mask.
Newsom’s mandate will change all of that for the time being.