Mono County Public Health Department Orders Mandatory Face Masks in Public

Mandatory Face Covering Ordered in Mono County by Public Health Officer, Dr. Tom Boo, MD.

While this action on Friday, May 1st, by the Public Health Department in Mono County has been widely anticipated, it will be interesting to see if this public health order, that “face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals while in public spaces in Mono County,” will be respected by all, much less can be effectively enforced.

In other areas of the country, orders mandating wearing of masks in public have been vigorously protested…and as quickly rescinded by mayors and governors as being “unenforceable,” especially as “StayAtHome” orders are becoming less stringent in many places and with warmer weather bringing out more and more of the public outside.

Another problem found with public health orders on compulsory face coverings is that much of the public’s frustration and anger sometimes become directed at store employees, and escalate to threats. The employees feel that they are “caught between a rock and a hard place.” Many employees feel that they should not be expected to try to enforce any such order and that it should not become their job to do so. Some members of law enforcement have also expressed increasing concerns.

Many small business owners and some elements of the public are beginning to demand that businesses be allowed to reopen under specific guidelines to protect employees and customers. Those guidelines would most likely require both employees and customers to wear masks and maintain physical/social distancing within any business establishment.

Requirements, state to state, county to county and city to city have varied widely on compulsory face masks being worn by the public. Inyo County and Mono County residents have been remarkably compliant with public health orders issued thus far, a fact that many feel have kept the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases low by comparison to other more populated parts of the state.  On the other hand, it is the low numbers of cases in several rural counties in California that is driving the push to “reopen” businesses and allow greater freedom of movement and activities by the public.

FOLLOWING IS THE PRESS RELEASE ISSUED FROM THE MONO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAST FRIDAY.

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Liberty
Liberty
1 year ago

More Lunacy- leftist orders with no foundation, science or evidence that the general population of rural Mono county where at leat 80% of the county is remote rural govt. lands has any reason to wear a mask. I was just reading an article in CaliforniaGlobe.com about how wearing a mask… Read more »

Mono Man
Mono Man
1 year ago

I see Caltrans still doesn’t think the rules apply to them.

Maureen Elizabeth McClain
Maureen Elizabeth McClain
1 year ago

I am as Cooperative as I can be, it only makes sense. What confuses me is words like orders and mandatory at a time when our courts are closed. What are you going to do? Why do we have to use such a heavy hammer who puts words like mandatory… Read more »

Art La Cues
Art La Cues
1 year ago

Inyo county should show such common sense. At least our markets in Bishop are doing their best to protect the public’s health and I commend them. Wearing a mask when in a public place is showing your concern for the health of your neighbors, Is that asking too much?

Jennifer Ann Mendez
Jennifer Ann Mendez
1 year ago

Where are the exemptions. I refuse to harm myself by wearing one of these masks to make someone else feel better or provide them a false sense of security. I have asthma and it’s common knowledge that face masks are more harmful then good. You idiots are expelling Carbon dioxide… Read more »

quacque
quacque
1 year ago

Do a little reading and learn: “Nearly All Patients Hospitalized With Covid-19 Had Chronic Health Issues, Study Finds” (today’s New York Times; if you don’t like that source, search elsewhere). In other words, if you really do have a chronic health condition, you (yes, you) are among the most susceptible… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
1 year ago

uh oh, better alert the millions of healthcare professionals WITH MEDICAL DEGREES, worldwide, wearing masks day-in and day-out that they are idiots and poisoning themselves…..should probably avoid masking up during surgeries as well….

Maureen Elizabeth McClain
Maureen Elizabeth McClain
1 year ago

I have to call you on this. I also have asthma. You’re not in danger when you wear a mask. If you start coughing go outside and take the mask off. This is way too dramatic.

eric h.
eric h.
1 year ago

A client of mine who is an operating room nurse put it quite well. “I wear a mask in public, not for me, but for you. I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. No,… Read more »

Maureen Elizabeth McClain
Maureen Elizabeth McClain
1 year ago
Reply to  eric h.

“I feel like I’m being an adult contributing to society and I want to teach others the same.”…and “I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus. ” Some People might consider this approach not helpful.… Read more »

eric h.
eric h.
1 year ago

I’m sorry, I was going to let this go but having thought about it I wish to clear a few things up. 1st I was the one who put down her occupation simply to show she has first hand experience, my mistake. 2nd “I get what your friend has to… Read more »

calvino
calvino
1 year ago
Reply to  eric h.

2-4%??? That percentage was outdated even when you posted this. Other studies in CA, other parts of the country and worldwide were showing the IFR to be far lower- anywhere from .1 to .5%. This was known in late April but the media, of course, drew very little attention to… Read more »

Indygal
Indygal
1 year ago

I am happy to see safety protocols put in place so that small business can safely open up. Hopefully Inyo will follow suit!

Angelle
Angelle
1 year ago

A little late isnt it? In my opinion it’s like going home after the barn door is closed. It’s time to open us back up