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Coronavirus: Yes, face coverings must be worn while driving

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UPDATE 4/8 – San Bernardino County Public health officials cleared up some conflicting information regarding religious gatherings and face coverings, specifically while driving.

According to the latest news release from county health officials, “there is no need for drivers traveling alone or with members of their households to wear face coverings unless they must lower their windows to interact with first responders, food service workers, or others who are not members of their households.”

Click here to read the article: Coronavirus: County issues clarification of religious services and face-coverings order

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — All persons, including Essential Workers, within San Bernardino County, are required to wear a face-covering while driving, exercising outdoors, or anytime you leave your home.

The order was issued Tuesday evening but actually goes into effect at 12:00 am on April 8, 2020, and anyone who violates the order could be punished by up to a $1,000 fine or imprisonment up to 90 days, or both.

Face covers such as scarves (dense fabric, without holes), bandanas, neck gaiters, or other fabric face coverings must be worn:

  • When driving
  • At work even if you are conducting essential business
  • At the grocery store
  • On a walk or exercising outdoors
  • Anytime you leave your home
  • Business owners and operators should make sure their employees are wearing a face covering at work.

According to the order, all persons, including non-medical Essential Workers are discouraged from using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, for non-medical reasons.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) said it will require all passengers to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth on board, due to the mandate. “Customers who do not wear a mask will not be permitted onboard. Mask MUST remain on face throughout the whole ride, stated VVTA officials”

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department shared a video showing deputies explaining the facial coverings they too will be wearing.

“We continue to adapt to our ever-changing world. You may see deputies using these type of face coverings, but what will not change is our commitment to serve the community. Stay safe San Bernardino County. We are in this together,” stated the post.

The Center for Disease Control advises the use of simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  

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