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No face covering or mask? You could be fined in these California cities.

On top of concern over reusable bags and transmission of COVID-19, businesses themselves have started to require face coverings for shoppers as well.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on wearing face masks, several cities in California are changing their protocol for essential businesses.

Some cities have even required anyone who leaves their home to wear a face-covering or risk a fine. 

At the same time, other counties like San Diego have taken a more hands-off approach by allowing businesses to decide whether to deny entry to people who are not wearing face coverings.

On top of concern over reusable bags and transmission of COVID-19, businesses themselves have started to require face coverings for shoppers as well.

This is in addition to previous regulation on workers wearing face masks. Now, businesses may start to turn away those who do not have a face covering. 

Nugget Markets, operating within the greater Sacramento metropolitan area and headquartered in Woodland, has begun to do just that. All stores will now require customers to wear a face mask or covering in order to shop. 

RELATED: Nugget Markets requiring shoppers to wear face masks | Local coronavirus update

These cities in California require a face covering inside essential businesses: 

  • Burbank
  • Inglewood
  • Long Beach
  • Pasadena
  • Fremont
  • Orange County

These cities and counties in California require a face covering for anyone leaving their home:

  • San Francisco County
  • Yolo County
  • Sonoma County
  • San Mateo County
  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Marin County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Buena Park
  • Riverside County: $1,000 fine for anyone not wearing a face-covering in public
  • San Bernardino County: $1,000 fine for anyone not wearing a face-covering in public

RELATED: Here are the policies local grocery stores have implemented when it comes to reusable shopping bags

"Face covering" can seem like a broad term. If you're wondering what alternatives are available if you don't have a medical mask, the CDC offers guidelines on what a face-covering should look like. 

Cloth face coverings should —

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

You can find sew and no sew instructions from the CDC here.

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