San Bernardino County relaxes health order; face masks now optional

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San Bernardino County officials have relaxed their health order… announcing that face masks are now optional.

According to a statement from the county, the new order repeals the April 23 omnibus health order that required face masks.

Officials say 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, although it will no longer regulated by the county health order.

County leaders say even though face masks are now optional it is still strongly recommend for people to wear. 

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“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.”

Several businesses in San Bernardino County and throughout the state were allowed to reopen and operate curbside pickup only under the state’s Phase 2 of reopening California. 

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