City of Bakersfield won't deny service to those not wearing masks

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 20:02:26-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The city of Bakersfield has announced it will not refuse service to people not wearing a face covering.

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new statewide order mandating the wearing of masks. The order requires people to wear masks when inside or in line for any indoor public spaces. That includes in healthcare settings while waiting for or riding public transportation and in outdoor spaces where it's not possible to stay six feet apart from others.

Gov. Gavin Newsom previously allowed local governments to decide whether to mandate masks and major counties like Los Angeles and San Francisco already require people to wear them inside and outside.

"Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease," Newsom said Thursday. "California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing."

However, in a statement released Friday afternoon, the city of Bakersfield said it would not deny service to those not wearing a mask in city buildings.

"The City of Bakersfield is working to update its own internal policies in order to comply with the state’s guidelines on facemasks in public buildings. The City’s buildings will remain open to the public as needed and while we encourage all residents to wear masks when social distancing is not possible in public, no customer will be denied service for not wearing a mask/covering."

The city did say it would provide disposable masks when "social distancing is not possible."