Face Covering Requirements Revised

The following guidelines have been excerpted and condensed from the latest update from San Mateo County Public Health Emergency Order, click here for the order in its entirety.

The county outlines a variety of acceptable face coverings in the order however the latest update specifically calls attention to the following not being permitted:

Any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (usually those with a cylinder the size of a quarter in the middle or side of the mask) which facilitates easy exhaling is not an acceptable face-covering because it facilitates the spreading of droplets by releasing them from the mask, putting those nearby at risk.

Face Coverings must be worn in the following circumstances:

  1. When inside or in line to obtain goods or services from any business allowed to operate or when inside any location engaging in minimum basic operations or when seeking or receiving essential government functions.
  2. When engaged in essential infrastructure work
  3. When obtaining services at healthcare operations unless directed otherwise by an employee or worker at the healthcare operation
  4. When waiting for or riding public transportation or riding in a taxi, ride-share vehicle etc.

All businesses who are permitted to operate must require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to:

  1. Wear a face covering when performing work off-site any time the employee, contractor, owner, or volunteer is
  2. Interacting in person with any member of the public
  3. Working in any space visited by members of the public
  4. Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution
  5. Working in or walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators,                 parking facilities etc.
  6. In any room or enclosed area when other people (except those from the person’s

own household) are present

Other Things to Note:

-Face coverings are not required when a person is in their personal office as long as the public does not regularly visit that room.

-Workplaces must take reasonable measures such as posting signs, reminding customers and the public about face covering requirements, and prohibiting any person not abiding by the face covering regulations from entering the facility or building.

-Any child under 2 shall not wear a face covering as they are at risk of suffocation. Face covering regulations do not apply to those 12 and under. Children who wish to wear a face covering should be supervised by a parent.

-Face coverings are recommended while engaging in outdoor recreation but are not required provided social distancing is observed. Those engaged in outdoor recreation who choose not to wear a face covering should have one readily accessible in the event social distancing cannot be observed if an area such as a trail, sidewalk, etc. becomes too crowded.