Anza residents show personal style during ‘cover your face’ order

Jackie Stone wears a Wonder Woman print face mask out in public. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

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.

Breana Schmidt wears a simple paper face mask. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Chad Deiter is ready to face the outside world with his fitted neck gaiter. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Jeff Miller’s bandanna gets the job done. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Kasey is well-covered and safe with a blue mask. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Barbara Santiago’s mask slips off her nose as she waves. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Annika Knöppel wears a pretty floral print mask as she volunteers at the FIND Mobile Food Pantry. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Jaime Cardenas-Rosas, a technician with Anza Electric Cooperative, is fully masked while volunteering at the F.I.N.D. Mobile Food Pantry Saturday, April 11. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Marcy Budrovic and her father Ed are ready for errands. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Local celebrity Steve Silkotch dons a Western-themed bandanna to be in compliance with the mandatory face covering order. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

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

To follow the latest coronavirus outbreak developments within Riverside County, visit the Riverside University Health System, Public Health at

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