Desert Sun: Riverside County extends orders to wear masks, social distance other coronavirus safeguards to June 19
Riverside County residents will need to continue wearing masks and social distancing from each other for at least two more months.
In an effort to continue to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer, on Wednesday, extended an April 4 mandate that calls for people to cover their faces in public, while also remaining at least six feet apart, through June 19.
This new county order is expected to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ongoing statewide stay-at-home order which applies to all residents, unless performing what is considered an “essential” duty.
“While we work within the governor’s plan for re-opening the state, people must be mindful that COVID-19 has not been eliminated,” Kaiser said in a statement. “The new normal in Riverside County will still require social distancing, facial coverings and other precautions. Summer will only slow the virus and we are already thinking about what will happen in the fall.”
As of Wednesday, at least 3,735 Riverside County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 141 deaths.
Kaiser’s orders are in place to reduce the virus’ impact and previous efforts have included shutting down golf courses, reducing the number of people allowed in community swimming pools and prohibiting gatherings for worship services.
Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, who represents the Coachella Valley, praised residents for abiding by orders.
“It is making a difference, and this progress is a credit to everybody doing their part and using the best tools that we have right now to overcome this pandemic. As we begin to turn the corner, it is important that we also flatten the unemployment curve and work towards economic and social recovery,” Perez said.
Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19 and, on Monday, said California is “a few weeks away, not months away” from making meaningful changes in the order.
He outlined plans for gradually reopening the state and they include allowing retail and manufacturing businesses to reopen within weeks and opening schools in July.