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Face coverings now optional, but still encouraged

Face coverings are no longer required – but still strongly recommended – in San Bernardino County as the result of new health order requested by the Board of Supervisors.

The new order repeals the April 23 omnibus health order that required face coverings as well as social distancing at essential businesses, and banned gatherings and short-term rentals.

Although no longer regulated by a county health order, gatherings and short-term rentals are still prohibited and social distancing at essential businesses are still required under the state’s “stay-at-home” order.

“The County strongly urges everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and businesses may still require face coverings for customers and employees,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “But repealing the local health orders and deferring to the less-restrictive state orders will allow the County to reopen businesses more quickly as the governor continues to relax standards.”

Many types of businesses were allowed to reopen today under certain conditions. The Board of Supervisors on Thursday adopted a Readiness and Reopening Plan and made plans to seek the governor’s consent to open many other types of businesses next week. The board plans to discuss additional details on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. That meeting can be viewed on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network at

Information related to COVID-19 in San Bernardino County can be found at

Ahora las cubiertas de cara son opcionales, pero aún se recomiendan

Las cubiertas faciales ya no son requeridas, pero todavía se recomiendan con fuerza, en el condado de San Bernardino como resultado de una nueva orden de salud solicitada por la Junta de Supervisores.

La nueva orden (new order) deroga la orden de salud general del 23 de abril que requería coberturas faciales, así como distanciamiento social en negocios esenciales, y reuniones prohibidas y alquileres a corto plazo.

Aunque ya no están regulados por una orden de salud del condado, las reuniones y los alquileres a corto plazo siguen estando prohibidos y el distanciamiento social en los negocios esenciales todavía se requiere bajo la orden de “quedarse en casa” del estado.

El Condado urge enérgicamente a todos a seguir usando cubiertas faciales en público para frenar la propagación del virus COVID-19, y los negocios todavía pueden requerir coberturas faciales para clientes y empleados”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Pero derogar las órdenes de salud locales y aplazar las órdenes estatales menos restrictivas permitirá al Condado reabrir los negocios más rápidamente a medida que el gobernador continúe relajando los estándares”.

Muchos tipos de negocios se han permitido reabrir hoy bajo ciertas condiciones.  La Junta de Supervisores adoptó el jueves un Plan de Preparación y Reapertura (Readiness and Reopening Plan) e hizo planes para buscar el consentimiento del gobernador para abrir muchos otros tipos de negocios la próxima semana. La junta tiene previsto discutir detalles adicionales el martes por la mañana a las 9 a.m. Esa reunión se puede ver en la difusión directa del condado en

Información relacionada con COVID-19 en el Condado de San Bernardino se puede encontrar en

75 Responses to Face coverings now optional, but still encouraged

  • Obviously, SBC does NOT want to protect their citizens. How could you decide to make masks optional with all the asymptomatic people floating around without masks spreading their germs everywhere? Pretty stupid!!! In addition, it looks like new cases are rising each day. But you don’t care!!! I don’t feel even safe anymore going to the grocery store because all the irresponsible idiots don’t wear face masks and spread their germs/viruses. If you want to reopen up the county again, then make masks mandatory like in LA county. That’s the only way people will feel safe and stop the new COVID-19 cases each day. What good can come from not wearing masks in a pandemic?

  • To all concerned folks who seem to be frustrated with the SBC board: Frequent hand-washing, wearing a properly-fitted N95 mask, and wearing a face shield will protect you from a person who is not wearing their face mask in public and who is less than 6 feet away from you. If you want to wear PPE all day, every day – then you have the right to do this.
    If you own a business and want to require that people wear PPE and even jump suits while they are in your place of business, go ahead. It is your choice. Likewise, if you are a business-owner and do not want to require people to wear masks, that is your choice too.
    The county, city, and state are not responsible for your health. They are not responsible for keeping you from getting SARS-COV-2 or any other infection. That is not their role. You are an adult. You are responsible for your own health and that of your family.

  • Not required, optional but extremely encouraged means people will stop doing it because they will believe that it will be the responsibility of others. YOU NEED TO CHANGE THIS BACK AND REINFORCE THIS ORDER.

  • And now because it is not required the number of cases went up, we had the highest number of cases yesterday. Smart move San Bernardino county. SMH

  • I applaud San Bernardino County on rescinding the mandatory mask rule. Now we can use our judgement and intelligence to determine when a mask is appropriate. If the next person is 20 feet away, I will forgo the mask. If going to the grocery, where we sometimes can hardly help but pass someone in the aisle, then I think a mask is appropriate. Personally, I think these bandanas and T-shirts we’ve been wearing are no better than coughing in our sleeve, which we were always supposed to do, even before the pandemic.

    The paper referenced in one comment, Liu, X. and Zhang, S. COVID-19: Face Masks and Human-to-Human Transmission, is anecdotal and reports on a single event in which an infected man with no face covering rode on a crowded bus for over two hours, resulting in numerous persons on the bus becoming infected. It is by no means proof that having the general public wear masks at all times when outside of their home is necessary to stop the virus.

  • I’m Embarrass of San Bernardino so-called group Of officials. Even a two year old can figure out how unsafe making face mask not required Your just asking for trouble in this county. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I don’t want to go out and see people not wearing a mask. It shows they are as ignorant as our officials and don’t care about others. Hope you all get a backbone because your just asking for trouble.

  • It should also be noted that the Covid statistics include both both incarcerated inmate and nursing home populations-both of which have little to do with the rest of us. dh

  • Lifting the restriction sends the wrong message. Now about a quarter of the people I see in stores are not wearing masks. The county (which has been spared, so far) is just asking for the same troubles that have plagued other regions far less fortunate. Stop bowing to politics and do what is in the best interests of your citizens. The CDC has called on us to wear masks and social distance.

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