Santa Monica to Cite People Who Don't Wear Face Coverings

Ameera Butt
July 02, 2020 - 4:29 pm

    Santa Monica announced Thursday the city will begin to cite people who don't wear a face-covering.

    “As public health experts have shared widely this week, we are in a dangerous period with dramatic increases in cases and hospitalizations,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg in a press release on the City of Santa Monica website. “Face coverings are essential.  I encourage everyone to try different styles to find what works for you.  But it is a critical time to save lives by wearing face coverings whenever we are outside of our homes and not gathering with people outside of our households.” 

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    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station announced it will begin citing people for not wearing face coverings. On Monday, Newsom ordered the closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos, movie theaters in 19 counties for at least three weeks amid rising cases of COVID-19. 

    Santa Monica’s order is in effect until July 31.

    There is a full list where a face-covering is required in the city including walking past those who are not in your household in private and publis spaces; standing in line to enter a business and in healthcare settings and more.

    According to the city, exemptions from the face-covering requirement apply to the following and more: 

    -Persons younger than two years old;  

    -Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; 

    -Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;  

    Businesses can refuse service to someone who is not wearing a face-covering or not adhering to social distancing. Those in line should also be wearing a mask.  

    The citations for failing to wear face coverings for individuals is:

     -$100 for a first violation, $250 for a second violation, and $500 for a third violation.  

    For businesses, the citations are $500 for a first violation, $750 for a second violation, and $1,000 for a third violation.