Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer of Riverside County, ordered all residents to cover their faces when leaving home, making an unprecedented escalation by county officials in their attempts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the Saturday, April 4, news release, the purpose of the order was to encourage compliance with the important measures that have been implemented to flatten the curve of infection numbers.
Kaiser said despite previous requests from county officials for residents to socially distance, cover their faces and stay home, it now came to mandating that they must or face possible enforcement by the sheriff’s department.
Riverside County’s new mandate is strict, requiring anyone who leaves their residence to cover up with bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters, homemade face masks or other clothing that does not have visible holes.
Anza residents have faithfully, if not enthusiastically, obeyed the order. From stylish face masks to paper coverings and trusty bandannas, locals can be seen sporting their own form of virus protection when out in public.
To learn more about the county order, visit https://www.rivcoph.org/Portals/0/Documents/CoronaVirus/April/4.4.20_HO_order_face_coverings.pdf?ver=2020-04-04-172943-200×tamp=1586046633879.
To follow the latest coronavirus outbreak developments within Riverside County, visit the Riverside University Health System, Public Health at https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.