San Diego: Face Coverings to Be Required When Restaurants, Stores Open

As the County awaits a response from the state on its plan to allow in-person dining and shopping, health officials want people to know that face coverings and physical distancing will be required when entering these businesses. In restaurants, the coverings will be needed until the customers are seated.

    “As San Diegans prepare to eat out and go shopping, it’s important for people to remember they must wear a face covering when in public and close to other people,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The County is enormously grateful for the public’s effort to date.”

When you wear a face covering, you protect those around you.

When others use a face covering, they protect you. When you couple face coverings with physical distancing and good hand hygiene, the risk of getting COVID-19 diminishes. 

Face coverings “disrupt the trajectory of a cough, sneeze or breath” preventing droplets carrying the virus from traveling between people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two recent studies have estimated that between 12,000 and 15,000 local lives were saved because of the preventive measures.

“Had we not practiced physical distancing and respected the stay-at-home order, many thousands more individuals, including our elderly, would have died from COVID-19,” Wooten said.

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