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Reopening means we’ll be moving from city to city again. As Orange County doesn’t have one face covering requirement, it’s important to know where you’re, and if you’re required to wear face covering.

The County of Orange requires “certain employees at some essential businesses must wear face coverings.” Prior to it, nine cities had come up with their own face covering requirements, The county stated, “If a city has a more restrictive rule regarding face coverings, the more restrictive rule will apply to their jurisdiction.”

Here is a brief summary of the face covering requirements across the county, as of May 5. The effective dates are simply date stamps, considering more changes may occur.

EFFECTIVEEMPLOYEES PATRONS RESIDENTSVISITORS
Irvine4/8XX
Seal Beach4/11XXXX
Costa Mesa4/13XXX
Buena Park 4/14XXX
Santa Ana4/15X
Laguna Beach4/16XX
Aliso Viejo4/16X
Westminster4/20X
Fullerton4/24XX
County of Orange4/24X

County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick’s strongly encourages everyone to wear face covering outside the home. Obviously, the policies are lagging. But it has not been easy to get here. We should thank the nine cities, County Supervisor Andrew Do and all the policymakers, who showed leadership in this matter.

For now, let’s do our part, follow Dr. Quick’s advice, stay healthy and stay safe.

Hoiyin Ip is an environmental activist in Orange County. 

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